POLITICAL GOS­SIP

Who is do­ing what and where in the world of pol­i­tics

The Star (Kenya) - - News -

WHAT re­ally made all Luhya MPs keep off Bu­dalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba’s LPK launch last month? Cor­ri­dors is told some MPs, es­pe­cially his al­lies, who were pub­licly pa­raded as hav­ing joined the Ju­bilee Party, were fu­ri­ous with Namwamba (pic­tured) af­ter he de­manded they de­nounce their de­fec­tion dur­ing the LPK launch. It is said the MPs vowed to give his launch a wide berth be­cause de­nounc­ing their move to JP would have ren­dered them “jok­ers”, be­tray­ing both their con­stituents and JP prin­ci­pals. It is said Namwamba had no op­tion but to leave ODM for his own party, as agreed ear­lier with Ju­bilee lead­ers out to reap Western votes.

A gov­er­nor in North­east­ern had an em­bar­rass­ing mo­ment yes­ter­day dur­ing the Mashu­jaa Day cel­e­bra­tions af­ter all county MPs, a num­ber of MCAs and a crowd walked out on him as he de­liv­ered his speech. The lead­ers drove out of the sta­dium in a thick cloud of dust, leav­ing a be­wil­dered gov­er­nor and his han­dlers be­hind. The gov­er­nor ‘ad­dressed the county’ in an empty podium, sur­rounded by an eerie si­lence. The five MPs, who sup­ported the youth­ful gov­er­nor in the 2013 elec­tion, have fallen out with him, ac­cus­ing the man of ar­ro­gance and high-hand­ed­ness.

A gov­er­nor un­der siege from a group of MPs from his county is al­ways in panic and has been known for splash­ing money when­ever he is con­fronted with a political chal­lenge from his op­po­nents. The flam­boy­ant county chief from Nyanza, who re­cently ac­quired a chop­per, has been woo­ing his op­po­nents with money to per­suade them not to chal­lenge him at next year’s polls. He has re­port­edly awarded them lu­cra­tive ten­ders at the ex­pense of com­pet­i­tive­ness on top of hir­ing their cronies and as­so­ci­ates. One of the MPs from the county was over­head mak­ing a call at Par­lia­ment Build­ings threat­en­ing the gov­er­nor that he will also soon de­clare his in­ter­est in the top county post if he is not given a lu­cra­tive ten­der in the re­gion of Sh50 mil­lion. Res­i­dents are won­der­ing if the gov­er­nor has formed a mem­bers’ club to loot from county cof­fers, and why the boss has to go the ex­tra mile to sti­fle com­pe­ti­tion. They now await Au­di­tor Gen­eral Ed­ward Ouko’s re­port for 2014-15.

TRANS­PORT CS James Macharia was on Wed­nes­day am­bushed by the Pres­i­dent to an­nounce when a road in Ngong will be of­fi­cially opened. Macharia was at­tempt­ing to mol­lify res­i­dents who had com­plained of the road’s progress when the Pres­i­dent told him res­i­dents wanted specifics, not sto­ries. Macharia then said the road will be ready next month. And be­fore he fin­ished, the Pres­i­dent fixed the date for Novem­ber 5, when he will be ac­com­pa­nied by Macharia to open its con­struc­tion. We are not sure if the costs of the con­struc­tion of the new road are in the cur­rent bud­get.

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