COR­RI­DORS OF POWER

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DEPUTY Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto’s han­dlers com­plained among them­selves at a CBD res­tau­rant that the DP ex­its any new What­sApp group he is added to as soon as pos­si­ble. The team said Ruto (pic­tured) is avoid­ing new groups at all costs, since spam­mers have taken ad­van­tage of his phone. Our moles in­sist the DP’s num­ber has been widely cir­cu­lated and his ex­it­ing the What­sApp groups at the speed of light was the best thing for him.

MEM­BERS of a car­tel of power-bro­kers shut­tling be­tween the Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent at Haram­bee House and Haram­bee An­nex - which houses the Of­fice of the Deputy Pres­i­dent - are in a vi­cious fight with an­other group re­port­edly po­si­tion­ing it­self for the pres­i­den­tial cam­paign. Rea­son? A key Ju­bilee politi­cian and a close con­fi­dant of the DP has re­port­edly ig­nored the bro­kers, who largely in­clude politi­cians and busi­ness mag­nates, and is now work­ing with the Ju­bilee re-elec­tion team. The two groups clashed out­side the DP’s of­fice on Tues­day over the shar­ing out of Sh10 mil­lion re­leased to fund the on­go­ing cam­paigns for Ju­bilee can­di­dates in var­i­ous wards ahead of by-elec­tions. While one group claimed to be the le­git­i­mate en­tity to han­dle cam­paign funds, an­other grabbed a bag con­tain­ing the cash. Se­cu­rity of­fi­cers in­ter­vened to avert a hugely em­bar­rass­ing scene.

AFTER mov­ing from West­lands con­stituency to Em­bakasi East, Univer­sity of Nairobi stu­dent

leader Babu Owino’s po­lit­i­cal for­tunes seem to have dwin­dled. Word has it Owino was shocked to learn that the peo­ple he fer­ried to be reg­is­tered as vot­ers in Em­baksi East did not ac­tu­ally reg­is­ter nor trans­fer their votes. It is said after send­ing their ID num­bers to 22464, Babu was shocked to realise three quar­ters of them are not reg­is­tered vot­ers in the con­stituency. How­ever, the few who reg­is­tered are said to have shifted their al­le­giance and are now sup­port­ing a dif­fer­ent as­pi­rant.

SOME par­lia­men­tary as­pi­rants from a con­stituency in Ny­eri and an­other in Nairobi are an un­happy lot. This is after it emerged that a State House op­er­a­tive eye­ing a par­lia­men­tary seat in Ny­eri county is in a re­la­tion­ship with a well-known Ju­bilee ac­tivist who is eye­ing a seat in the city. The two have been spot­ted to­gether in Kil­i­mani on many an evening. Dis­grun­tled as­pi­rants believe the re­la­tion­ship will be a threat to them as they can use each other’s con­nec­tions to ad­vance po­lit­i­cally. The wannabes are look­ing dag­gers at the re­la­tion­ship.

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

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