COR­RI­DORS OF POWER

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PO­LIT­I­CAL GOS­SIP

Who is do­ing what and where in the world of pol­i­tics WHO is out to em­bar­rass Taita Taveta

Gover­nor John Mruttu? A sign­board (pic­tured) an­nounc­ing the con­struc­tion of the Kiru­taiMaku­tano drift in Taita is do­ing ex­actly that. The sign­board in­di­cates that the over­all su­per­vi­sor of the pro­ject is “THIEF OF­FI­CERS WORKS AND IN­FRAS-RUCTURE” . Those who have seen it have been won­der­ing whether it was done in mal­ice or how care­less can the per­son in charge be to make such an er­ror.

NAIROBI Se­na­tor Mike Sonko’s ac­tiv­i­ties in Machakos have tongues wag­ging, with some say­ing he has changed base from Nairobi for the 2017 elec­tions. Sonko has in­sisted he will not run for gover­nor in Machakos but in Nairobi. He will face-off with John­son Sakaja, Mar­garet Wan­jiru

and Den­nis Waweru for the Ju­bilee Party ticket. In­sid­ers within Ju­bilee say Sonko ap­pears to be mak­ing a tac­ti­cal move to Machakos, where he has not only built a home but has spent the last two months do­ing var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties. He has been meet­ing lo­cal lead­ers, in­clud­ing MCAs, and par­tic­i­pat­ing in fundrais­ers around the county. Some Ukam­bani MPs are con­vinced he may have been talk­ing with former VP Kalonzo Musyoka to get the Wiper ticket as Gover­nor

Al­fred Mu­tua has al­ready bolted and formed his own party.

LEAD­ING by bad ex­am­ple? Well, former In­ter­nal Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter and now Ka­ji­ado

South MP Ka­too ole Metito was seen alight­ing from a Toy­ota Prado GKB 588F near County Hall whose wind­screen had nu­mer­ous and glar­ing cracks. Or­di­nar­ily, and as per the traf­fic rules, the ve­hi­cle would not pass a po­lice road­block. So what hap­pened? Or did Metito use his clout to pass the many po­lice road­blocks? Or is it that po­lice hardly inspect the con­di­tion of GK ve­hi­cles on the roads? Metito is the Ju­bilee Coali­tion’s Chief Whip in the Na­tional As­sem­bly, with con­sid­er­able in­flu­ence.

AN MP from Vi­higa county, West­ern Kenya, was forced to take to his heels as fast as he could af­ter a meet­ing he was ad­dress­ing back­fired. Cor­ri­dors has it that the first-term MP, who is well-built, feared be­ing roughed up by the sup­port­ers of his ri­val af­ter ini­tially over­rul­ing his han­dlers that he resched­ules the meet­ing for another day. Those who wit­nessed the drama now won­der why a man who has been chest-thumping about his grass­roots con­nec­tions would be si­lenced and forced to flee from a function he had or­ga­nized. The man, who rarely makes con­tri­bu­tions to busi­ness in the House, is also known to fre­quently bran­dish his firearm reck­lessly.

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