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Who is do­ing what and where in the world of politics

TWO Ju­bilee MPs, one from the Rift Val­ley and the other from Cen­tral, had a bit­ter ex­change for close to three hours in a cer­tain What­sApp group on Satur­day night. The first-term MP from Cen­tral had said the re­gion would not al­low Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto (pic­tured) near the 2017 Ju­bilee Party cam­paign kitty. This ag­i­tated the first-term MP from the Rift Val­ley, who, amidst un­print­able words, told his col­league that the DP is ca­pa­ble of fund­ing his ri­vals and en­sur­ing he never sees the in­side of Par­lia­ment again.

A sec­tion of mem­bers of a dif­fer­ent What­sApp group formed to cam­paign for

Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta and Deputy

Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto are un­happy that some of their col­leagues in the group are ac­tively cam­paign­ing for for­mer anti-cor­rup­tion boss

John Harun Mwau for the now-crowded Nairobi gover­nor race. They have de­manded to know why some Ju­bilee sup­port­ers are back­ing the Party of In­de­pen­dent Can­di­dates of Kenya leader to un­seat Gover­nor Evans Kidero in 2017, yet the Pres­i­dent’s coali­tion has sev­eral of its top politi­cians who have al­ready de­clared they will con­test.

SE­NIOR of­fi­cials in Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto’s of­fice want a team of the Pres­i­den­tial Strate­gic Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Unit al­lied to Pres­i­dent Kibaki’s wing of Ju­bilee out of the Haram­bee House An­nex. The PSCU mem­bers have been work­ing from the of­fices since they fell out with what is re­ferred to as “PSCU A”, al­lied to State

House Spokesman Manoah Esip­isu, de­spite not hav­ing any work­sta­tions al­lo­cated to them. But our moles say the PSCU group had gone to the DP’s of­fice claim­ing that they can help Ruto spruce up his im­age, but in­stead have been us­ing it to ad­vance their in­ter­ests, in­clud­ing us­ing his name to get gov­ern­ment ten­ders for their friends.

A group of MCAs from a North Rift county protested to the speaker that they did not visit one of the sites pro­posed by a mu­seum di­rec­tor dur­ing a bench­mark tour abroad. In an off-the-cuff con­ver­sa­tion, the MCAs said af­ter vis­it­ing one of the mu­se­ums, the di­rec­tors asked them to visit their web­site. The MCAs did not know what a web­site was. They ac­tu­ally be­lieved it is a place you can drive or walk to. The MCAs added the site was part of the tour and it was wrong for the or­gan­is­ers not to in­clude the tour of the web­site. They wanted the speaker to in­ter­vene so they can travel abroad again - for the web­site tour.

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