COR­RI­DORS OF POWER

The Star (Kenya) - - News -

NAIROBI county sec­re­tary Robert Ay­isi (pic­tured) seems to be go­ing through tough times at City Hall, with his new mea­sures to curb rev­enue leak­ages and end graft. A nom­i­nated MCA, act­ing as a god­fa­ther to a con­trac­tor, re­cently threw doc­u­ments at him af­ter he de­clined to ap­prove pay­ment to the sup­plier. Ay­isi ques­tioned the pa­pers’ au­then­tic­ity. The ODM MCA is now plan­ning to im­peach him.

STILL on Nairobi county, a se­nior of­fi­cer in the park­ing depart­ment, who was re­cently re­in­stated af­ter a sack­ing linked to cor­rup­tion, is the talk of the town at City Hall. The man is brag­ging in City Hall cor­ri­dors how he bribed se­nior of­fi­cers to get his job back. He says he has 3,500 park­ing slots in the CBD in his name and rakes in mil­lions of shillings from them.

A wealthy sen­a­tor from Eastern Kenya was on Fri­day lam­basted by the Pres­i­dent at State House, Nairobi, when he at­tended the award of char­ters to eight uni­ver­si­ties. “I’m told that when I want to de­velop your county you’re the one caus­ing trou­ble there,” the Pres­i­dent said, when the sen­a­tor moved to shake his hand. Of­fi­cials say the sen­a­tor was left tongue-tied. He was so shaken he could not gather the strength to re­spond to the Pres­i­dent. The sen­a­tor has long been ac­cused of try­ing to frus­trate his gov­er­nor’s de­vel­op­ment agenda. He was re­cently in­volved in an em­bar­rass­ing, nearfist­fight with an­other politi­cian from the county.

COR­RI­DORS has it that elected lead­ers who de­fected dur­ing the Ju­bilee Party launch but found a hos­tile re­cep­tion back home have been asked to feel free to go back to the op­po­si­tion. A se­nior Ju­bilee of­fi­cial was over­heard brag­ging at a Kil­i­mani restau­rant that the rul­ing coali­tion will eas­ily fund them to win nom­i­na­tions and the com­ing elec­tions. The of­fi­cial said they are ready to bankroll those han­dling nom­i­na­tions within the op­po­si­tion par­ties to en­sure that “friendly” politi­cians win. He went ahead to ex­plain that Ju­bilee is keen to have the de­fec­tors win in which­ever party since it will be easy to work with them af­ter the elec­tions - to frus­trate the op­po­si­tion in and out­side Par­lia­ment.

A Ugan­dan Cabi­net min­is­ter is in trou­ble for fail­ing to au­tho­rise Sh15.6 bil­lion ($156 mil­lion) pay­ment to a Kenyan con­trac­tor who sup­plied CCTV equip­ment to the gov­ern­ment. The lit­tle-known con­trac­tor, named as Mama Flora Njeri, also ac­cuses a So­mali-owned, ri­val Kenyan com­pany called Tica-In of block­ing her pay­ment by claim­ing that she sup­plied lowqual­ity equip­ment. The fight has at­tracted the at­ten­tion of the World Bank, which spon­sored the pro­gramme. Ugan­dan me­dia re­ported the min­is­ter is now in trou­ble for an­noy­ing donors - when the coun­try needs them most.

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

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