COR­RI­DORS OF POWER

The Star (Kenya) - - News -

SOME politi­cians from Nyanza and Western are up in arms against a sec­ond term ODM of­fi­cial who they claim is charg­ing par­lia­men­tary, county and gov­er­nor as­pi­rants ap­pear­ance fees at their func­tions. The lead­ers have claimed the of­fi­cial is mak­ing the party un­pop­u­lar while also set­ting a dan­ger­ous prece­dent. They want party leader Raila Odinga to crack the whip on the of­fi­cial, “whose lust for money is in­sa­tiable”.

A party leader from Western has be­come a laugh­ing stock among se­nior politi­cians from the vast and vote-rich county, fol­low­ing his fee­ble po­lit­i­cal strat­egy in his quest for the Pres­i­dency. Rea­son? The man was re­cently forced to at­tend a funeral within his home county in a bid to ce­ment his strong­hold af­ter his peo­ple re­cently hosted his bit­ter ri­val and of­fered him a warm re­cep­tion. The man is said to have lit­er­ally pleaded with the mourn­ers not to aban­don him for the ri­val, es­pe­cially the nearer the next gen­eral elec­tion looms. He is said to have planned a se­ries of ral­lies within his lo­cal­ity to undo the dam­age, a des­per­ate move that has amused his peo­ple, who have urged him to seek votes else­where.

THE man who has pe­ti­tioned for the re­moval of IEBC com­mis­sion­ers, one Barasa Nyukuri, fears that an in­flu­en­tial Ju­bilee MP may use his pow­er­ful con­nec­tions to scut­tle his pe­ti­tion. Our mole tells Cor­ri­dors the pe­ti­tioner, who has raised se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions, par­tic­u­larly touch­ing on com­mis­sion­ers, fears that the close re­la­tion­ship be­tween a se­nior Ju­bilee MP and an IEBC com­mis­sioner could be used to kill the cru­cial pe­ti­tion. It is al­leged that the Ju­bilee MP col­lab­o­rated with the same com­mis­sioner in trans­porta­tion of elec­tion ma­te­ri­als used in the 2013 gen­eral elec­tion from the air­port to the ware­houses in Nairobi’s In­dus­trial Area, through a proxy com­pany. In the process the Ju­bilee MP pock­eted mil­lions since each trip cost more than Sh500,000.

TWO leg­is­la­tors, one from the Rift Val­ley and the other from the Mt Kenya re­gion, who have been lob­by­ing for the en­act­ment of a law to bar non-de­gree hold­ers from vy­ing for par­lia­men­tary seats in a bid to lock out some com­peti­tors, are in for a rude shock. It is un­der­stood that Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta and Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto have told their close al­lies to pre­pare amend­ments to the pro­posed law to give as­pi­rants with­out de­grees a grace pe­riod un­til 2022, when the law is ex­pected to be im­ple­mented.

A se­nior Ju­bilee booster, who is also the chair­man of a pow­er­ful paras­tatal, is busy lob­by­ing MPs to come to his help af­ter he was re­cently sum­moned by the anti-graft agency over mas­sive ir­reg­u­lar pro­cure­ment is­sues amount­ing to hun­dreds of mil­lions of shillings. The for­mer MP has of late been vis­it­ing Par­lia­ment, where he has fran­ti­cally tried to ex­plain him­self to MPs from his re­gion. The once-vo­cal MP is a wor­ried man that the anti-cor­rup­tion in­quiry may end his ca­reer pre­ma­turely af­ter his bid to be­come Se­na­tor flopped in 2013. He has de­clared an in­ter­est in be­com­ing Gov­er­nor and the on­go­ing probe may hurt his am­bi­tions.

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