COR­RI­DORS OF POWER

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Who is do­ing what and where in the world of pol­i­tics

OP­PO­SI­TION chief Raila Odinga (pic­tured) is said to be more se­ri­ous than ever about his 2017 stab at the pres­i­dency. Last week, the Cord leader made a move that sur­prised most peo­ple in his in­ner cir­cle. Raila, known for al­ways try­ing to please all his friends, is whis­pered to have lit­er­ally chased away one of his for­mer aides. The ex-Prime Min­is­ter is said to have stood up from his seat and asked the man to leave his of­fice and never come back. Those close to him are still won­der­ing what could have tran­spired to cul­mi­nate in this scene. The said aide has a strong pres­ence on so­cial media and has al­ways por­trayed him­self as very close to the Raila fam­ily. Well, those in the know say the ODM boss is un­com­fort­able with those us­ing his name for self­ish gain.

THAT politi­cians can some­time be greedy, es­pe­cially in Kenya, is not in doubt. Well, noth­ing ex­em­pli­fies this more than the feel­ing of some Mt Kenya politi­cians. These politi­cians are up­set by an ac­tivist from the re­gion whom they ac­cuse of spoil­ing their soup. The politi­cians were over the week­end over­heard con­tem­plat­ing what to do with the ac­tivist, whom they claim is at­tack­ing a senior Ju­bilee party of­fi­cial from Rift Val­ley who has been fi­nanc­ing their week­end ex­pen­di­tures and is their hope of win­ning the 2017 elec­tions.

A flam­boy­ant city busi­ness mogul of Asian ex­trac­tion is said to be in­creas­ingly un­der siege in re­cent days, fol­low­ing his se­rial pen­chant for en­tre­pre­neur­ial mal­prac­tices and en­gage­ment in un­eth­i­cal busi­ness con­duct. The ty­coon is said to be on the radar of the tax col­lec­tor and sat­u­ra­tion sur­veil­lance watch by the state le­gal ap­pa­ra­tus over a num­ber of med­dle­some af­fairs he has been in­volved in right, left and cen­tre. See­ing he’s cor­nered, the man of means has re­sorted to des­per­ately seek­ing pro­tec­tion from a very senior politi­cian, who it seems is his last refuge and hope for much-needed re­lief and res­cue.

ARE some ODM leg­is­la­tors ter­mi­nally fed up with Wiper leader and Cord co-prin­ci­pal

Kalonzo Musyoka? The ODM leg­is­la­tors are tired of Musyoka’s pres­sure on their leader Raila

Odinga to have the op­po­si­tion Coali­tion’s 2017 flag­bearer named be­fore the end of the year, against Raila’s next March pro­posal. It is said the MPs are par­tic­u­larly fed up with Musyoka’s rhetoric that he should be handed the Cord ticket be­cause he has suf­fered and sac­ri­ficed a lot for oth­ers’ po­lit­i­cal am­bi­tions. The MPs have even said the ul­ti­ma­tum and threats is­sued by Musyoka and his party mem­bers to ODM to de­sist from con­sid­er­ing it­self bet­ter than Wiper and Ford Kenya is a scheme to end their 2017 mo­men­tum to re­move Ju­bilee from power.

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