COR­RI­DORS OF POWER

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IN yes­ter­day’s Cor­ri­dors of Power, we in­di­cated that Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto (pic­tured) has left Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta to woo the Maa com­mu­nity alone. The item in­sin­u­ated that the DP had missed sev­eral func­tions in the area that were at­tended by the Pres­i­dent. What we failed to men­tion was that the DP was sent to Zam­bia by the Pres­i­dent dur­ing Wil­liam ole Nti­mama’s burial and was at the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly dur­ing Geo­ther­mal De­vel­op­ment Com­pany MD John­son ole Nchoe’s home­com­ing.

A top Ju­bilee politi­cian said to en­joy pro­tec­tion from the pow­ers-that-be is on the spot af­ter it emerged that he re­port­edly par­tic­i­pated in the award of the Sh15 bil­lion teach­ers’ med­i­cal cover. The politi­cian has been in to­tal panic mode af­ter a con­sti­tu­tional ac­tivist moved to court to chal­lenge the award of the ten­der to AON Minet, cit­ing ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties and the in­tegrity of the ten­der. With fears that de­tails of the top Ju­bilee politi­cian’s in­ter­ven­tion in the process could be laid bare in court, the in­flu­en­tial and flam­boy­ant politi­cian has been mov­ing from one of­fice to an­other try­ing to seek help. Two com­mis­sion­ers at the Teacher’s Ser­vice Com­mis­sion have re­port­edly raised con­cerns over the han­dling of a whis­tle-blower who was al­legedly fired for rais­ing is­sues on the ten­der.

AN op­po­si­tion law­maker from North­ern Kenya is in panic over the gov­ern­ment’s re­lief food dis­tri­bu­tion strat­egy. The MP, who was not among the lead­ers from the re­gion en­dorsed by el­ders to de­fend his seat, yes­ter­day re­sorted to the me­dia, ac­cus­ing a se­nior Ju­bilee politi­cian of schem­ing to send him home in the 2017 polls. Cor­ri­dors has been in­formed that the se­nior Ju­bilee politi­cian has given the op­po­si­tion law­maker sleep­less nights in the last few weeks, af­ter the gov­ern­ment scaled up re­lief food dis­tri­bu­tion in his con­stituency. The MP al­leges that Ju­bilee is dan­gling re­lief food to en­dear it­self to starv­ing lo­cals, but res­i­dents are said to have ques­tioned his man­age­ment of the Con­stituency De­vel­op­ment Fund kitty to al­le­vi­ate bit­ing hunger.

JUST why has the am­bi­tious Sh300 bil­lion Public-Pri­vate part­ner­ship hous­ing project failed to kick off at City Hall, more than a year af­ter the con­tracts were awarded? Cor­ri­dors is in­formed that the red tape in the Lands Of­fice, where there is keen in­ter­est in kick­backs and favours against the law, has caused de­lay in pro­cess­ing pro­vi­sional ti­tle deeds and ex­ten­sion-of-lease ap­provals. The city county gov­ern­ment is now plan­ning to go to the high­est of­fice in the land to get the Lands Of­fice into ac­tion to un­lock the com­mence­ment of the mega project.

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

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