CORRIDORS OF POWER
IS Ruaraka MP Tom Kajwang’ pushing his 2013 rival Geoffrey Otieno to run for the Mathare MP seat? Sources whisper to Corridors that the man could be secretly persuading Otieno to run in Mathare, where incumbent Steve Kariuki has decamped to the Jubilee Party. However, it’s understood the ODM leadership is keen on having lawyer Anthony Oluoch (pictured) wrest the seat from Kariuki. Oluoch opted out of the 2014 by-election after Kariuki got direct nomination. Kajwang’s alleged declaration at the ODM rally on Sunday that he is the acting Mathare MP has fuelled speculation. Oluoch was among the committee of experts that drafted the Okoa Kenya Bill for Cord. He has also offered many pro bono legal services to the coalition.
SOME Jubilee aspirants for various city positions were recently overheard boasting how they had uncovered the underhand tactics of one of their own. The aspirants, who spoke just hours after the Sunday rally in Eastleigh’s Mlango Kubwa, said the person they thought was their colleague, has been sponsoring a group of youths to heckle other aspirants whenever they campaign together. The latest incident saw one of the prominent figures in the city heckled during the Sunday rally. But even as he dismissed the hecklers as bhang smokers, the other leaders were not amused. They said one of the hopefuls for the city county position shunned the individual after learning of his tricks and it’s just a matter of time before they isolate this person.
A first-term MP from Vihiga county could be in for a rude shock after his constituents threatened to teach him a lesson in next year’s election over his unbecoming conduct. Corridors has it that the MP, who rarely contributes to serious debates in the National Assembly, has been threatening people with his firearm, whenever he feels like doing so, even when there is no provocation. Residents plan to petition Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet to have the MP’s gun withdrawn. He recently accosted an MCA and threatened to shoot him for no apparent reason, but swift intervention by residents saved the day, as they vowed to ensure they have a better representative. They said they did not elect an individual so he can threaten them, instead of focusing on their interests.
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