CORRIDORS OF POWER
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.