COR­RI­DORS OF POWER

Who is do­ing what and where in the world of pol­i­tics

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

IS Ford Kenya leader Moses We­tang’ula on his way out of Cord? Word has it the Sen­a­tor from Bun­goma and Cord co-prin­ci­pal is soul-search­ing and plot­ting an exit strat­egy af­ter re­al­is­ing he stands no chance to be the op­po­si­tion coali­tion’s flag bearer at the 2017 polls. It is said We­tang’ula and Kakamega Sen­a­tor Boni Khal­wale are so un­happy with

Co-prin­ci­pal leader Raila Odinga for de­mean­ing them by tour­ing their Western back­yard in the guise of purely ODM func­tions. We­tang’ula has even been giv­ing the ODM leader a wide berth af­ter Raila skipped his Muliro Gar­dens pres­i­den­tial bid launch in April. A bit­ter We­tang’ula and Khal­wale at the week­end told Raila to de­sist from med­dling with their Luhya­land pol­i­tics.

OP­PO­SI­TION leader Raila Odinga’s han­dlers are a frus­trated lot since they are un­able to man­age his cam­paign di­ary. The of­fi­cials say that his close friends in pol­i­tics dic­tate his move­ments and the events to at­tend. Most of the time he at­tends events not in his di­ary to please his friends in their strongholds. The friends are happy with it since it helps in­crease their pop­u­lar­ity at the grass­roots. How­ever, this adds no value to Raila’s pres­i­den­tial am­bi­tions. The de­vel­op­ment has ac­tu­ally made it harder for the ODM sec­re­tar­iat to create con­tent for send­ing out to me­dia.

WORD has it that a se­nior di­rec­tor at a govern­ment-owned bank in Kenya who is also the act­ing MD was over­heard at a pop­u­lar bar on Lang’ata Road claim­ing that the prob­lem at the bank is caused by the chair­man. The Latin phrase “In vino ver­i­tas (In wine, the truth)” was coined for fel­lows just like this guy. In his drunken stu­por, the man claimed that the chair­man is steal­ing too much from the bank and that, soon, the in­sti­tu­tion will col­lapse. This shocked other rev­ellers, with some say­ing they will go and with­draw their money so that the bank does not sink with their hard-earned cash.

A meet­ing was held last Thurs­day at Unep Gi­giri to de­lib­er­ate on al­le­ga­tions of bla­tant racism by three se­nior staff (all white). Fol­low­ing the death of Lord De­lamere’s son Tom Chol­monde­ley, the three staffers ap­par­ently or­gan­ised a pri­vate wake. Be­fore that they had even used Unep re­sources to print fu­neral pro­grammes in a move claimed by many at the or­gan­i­sa­tion to be su­prem­a­cist and rem­i­nis­cent of the Chol­monde­ley school of im­punity. Se­nior black man­agers at Unep are now mulling on the dis­ci­plinary ac­tion to be taken against their white coun­ter­parts.

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