COR­RI­DORS OF POWER

The Star (Kenya) - - News -

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.

PO­LIT­I­CAL GOS­SIP Who is do­ing what and where in the world of pol­i­tics

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