COR­RI­DORS OF POWER

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A sec­tion of El­doret res­i­dents are up in arms over the un­be­com­ing be­hav­iour of a se­nior Traf­fic po­lice of­fi­cer at the Ki­ambaa po­lice sta­tion. Al­though the rules re­quire that of­fi­cers on duty pa­trol must wear po­lice uni­forms, the one pa­trolling the Outspan-Nakuru-El­doret high­way does so with­out the uni­form on week­ends while us­ing of­fi­cial govern­ment ve­hi­cles. He blocks mata­tus and pri­vate ve­hi­cles and con­fis­cates the mo­torists’ driv­ing li­censes. Cor­ri­dors has it that one has to part with “some­thing small” on pain of trumped-up charges. In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice Joseph

Boin­net, (pic­tured) the ball is squarely in your court on this one.

A Turkana ty­coon who is eye­ing the county’s se­na­to­rial po­si­tion in 2017 has sent his ri­vals into panic. The man, who is also a State House oper­a­tive, was re­cently en­dorsed by his com­mu­nity el­ders for the po­si­tion in­stalled the com­mu­nity spokesman dur­ing a re­cent colour­ful cer­e­mony in the area. Fol­low­ing these de­vel­op­ments, the man is brag­ging to have al­ready won the seat even be­fore the Elec­tion Day and the an­nounce­ment of re­sults. As if this were not enough, the monied young man, nick­named “Sonko” be­cause of his gen­er­ous con­tri­bu­tion to var­i­ous de­vel­op­ment projects and ini­tia­tives in the county, is plan­ning to splash big time on his cam­paigns to spread the Ju­bilee mes­sage far and wide. He re­cently ac­quired a chop­per and top-of-the-range ve­hi­cles that will tra­verse the rugged ter­rain of the ex­pan­sive county, fa­mous for vol­canic rocks, scorch­ing heat and hu­mid tem­per­a­tures.

JUST when will the Na­tional Trans­port Safety Au­thor­ity ever wake up and per­form its du­ties? Cor­ri­dors is re­li­ably in­formed that de­spite nu­mer­ous com­plaints of evening ha­rass­ment and bad be­hav­iour against the ROG crew whose mata­tus ply Route 23 - Town to Kar­i­obangi South Es­tate - the reg­u­la­tory au­thor­ity in charge of the trans­port sec­tor seems to be in deep slum­ber. Com­muters have nowhere to turn and the CBET sacco that also plies the route is the worst. The com­plaints range from over­load­ing to pick­ing up of pas­sen­gers at un­godly places and play­ing of deaf­en­ing mu­sic. The gang­way is es­pe­cially full of sus­pi­cious char­ac­ters who pick­pocket pas­sen­gers as they alight. The most ha­rassed are the women, moth­ers with chil­dren and the el­derly. At­tempts to have a road­block sta­tioned near the PCEA church have only en­hanced the bribe de­manded by Traf­fic po­lice.

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

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