CORRIDORS OF POWER
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.
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