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

SO what did the Kisumu ODM branch of­fi­cials headed by for­mer MP Ayiecho Ol­weny (pic­tured) do with Sh1.1 mil­lion? This is the ques­tion ODM sup­port­ers are ask­ing af­ter the podium at the Kisumu rally on Satur­day nearly caved in with key op­po­si­tion lead­ers, in­clud­ing

Raila Odinga, on it. The money was a per­sonal do­na­tion of Kisumu Gover­nor Jack Ranguma for or­gan­is­ing the rally. It’s said the bud­get pre­sented by the branch of­fi­cials in­di­cated that a shame­fully weak, small and ugly dais at Kirembe Sta­dium alone was pre­pared at Sh150,000. It’s whis­pered the de­liv­ered dais, which col­lapsed be­fore the rally ended, could hardly cost Sh20,000. There are also com­plaints they pro­cured a poor-qual­ity sound sys­tem and the tents were vis­i­bly weak. There was also no water for VIPs, de­spite the cost be­ing promi­nently cap­tured in the bud­get. So what tran­spired, Prof Ol­weny? ODM sup­port­ers (and non-sup­port­ers) should be told.

THE Na­tional Po­lice Ser­vice Com­mis­sion wran­gles be­tween civil­ian com­mis­sion­ers and their po­lice coun­ter­parts seem to be tak­ing their toll on in­no­cent ju­nior of­fi­cers. Word has it that the po­lice NPSC com­mis­sion­ers have de­clined to im­ple­ment rec­om­men­da­tions ap­proved by their civil­ian coun­ter­parts “to teach them a les­son” - and also to show who is the boss! The po­lice nominees to the NPSC, we are told, have on the other hand re­fused to con­firm the pro­mo­tion of

Kenya Po­lice Spokesman Charles Owino in a tit­for-tat game! Talk of adults be­hav­ing badly!

ON Satur­day, a high-pro­file con­tin­gent of pro­fes­sion­als, re­li­gious lead­ers and busi­ness­men from Kirinyaga county held a meet­ing at an up­mar­ket lo­ca­tion in Nairobi where they com­pleted their strate­gic plans of how to show a first-term leg­is­la­tor from the county the wide open door. Our mul­ti­ple moles who at­tended the heav­ily guarded meet­ing whis­pered to Cor­ri­dors that as 2017 beck­ons, po­lit­i­cal strate­gis­ing in the county has taken cen­tre-stage, with opin­ion lead­ers, pro­fes­sion­als and mid­dle class folk now ac­tively plot­ting to de­feat ‘non-per­form­ers’ and the ‘clue­less’ among sit­ting MCAs and MPs.

TWO Kanu lead­ers from the Rift Val­ley who re­cently de­fected to the Ju­bilee Party are an un­happy lot. Rea­son? The two were over­heard lament­ing how they were duped by JP op­er­a­tives that they would each re­ceive a Sh5 mil­lion “de­fec­tion fee” and to fa­cil­i­tate trans­porta­tion of their del­e­gates. To their sur­prise, they only re­ceived Sh100,000 in one white en­ve­lope.

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