COR­RI­DORS OF POWER

The Star (Kenya) - - News -

IS Jo­goo House aware that the 670 AP of­fi­cers ad­mit­ted at the AP Train­ing Col­lege in Em­bakasi for the In­spec­tor course are be­ing forced to pay Sh1,400 for a cup, plate and a spoon, and Sh300 for a spring file? The of­fi­cers turned up with the items on Oc­to­ber 7 as re­quired, but are be­ing told to pay more money - for an­other set of the same items. What is even more sus­pi­cious is that the of­fi­cers have been or­dered to pay Sh300 for a file that costs be­tween Sh25-40 in sta­tionery shops and Sh1,400 for items that they can, and have, ac­quired for less than Sh500. Some­one is likely to make more than Sh1 mil­lion from the of­fi­cers, who can­not re­port to se­niors for fear of vic­tim­iza­tion. They are re­quired to pay the Sh1,700 each by the close of the busi­ness day to­day, but are not aware of who has is­sued the or­der. The of­fi­cers on the five months’ train­ing pre­ced­ing pro­mo­tion to the po­si­tion of In­spec­tor of Po­lice want In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice Joseph Boin­net (pic­tured) and DIG Sa­muel Arachi to in­ter­vene.

ODM law­mak­ers who were de-whipped from House com­mit­tees were over­head brag­ging that the move is in­con­se­quen­tial as they have been promised huge money by Ju­bilee Party to com­pen­sate them for the al­lowances they will miss. One of them said he was called by some­one from the Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent and told not to worry as some money will be dis­bursed at the end of the week to cush­ion them from the neg­a­tive fi­nan­cial im­pli­ca­tions an­tic­i­pated with their with­drawal.

A gov­er­nor from Nyanza is in the spot for ac­com­pa­ny­ing sev­eral of his aides and staff who are con­sid­ered sur­plus to re­quire­ments when a county boss ap­pears for grilling in the Se­nate. Some of the staff he brings along in­clude sev­eral lower-cadre staff for car­ry­ing files and doc­u­ments from the ve­hi­cles to the com­mit­tee room and some joyrider fe­male staff whose pres­ence has raised eye­brows. Our small bird hov­er­ing around the cor­ri­dors of Par­lia­ment heard one of the staff com­plain that some lady - a new en­trant in the gov­er­nor’s team - was steal­ing the show from her of late and that her hith­erto rather cozy work­ing re­la­tion­ship with the county boss has de­te­ri­o­rated. She is un­happy that she missed one of the grilling ses­sions af­ter be­ing edged out of the del­e­ga­tion.

A Tala High School form four stu­dent has been forced to study for his KCSE exam in Wa­jir, af­ter the head teacher de­clined to al­low him back in school. De­spite his par­ents be­ing forced to buy three rolls of 6ft chain-link wire, the can­di­date, whose only crime is keep­ing away from his tru­ant col­leagues, has been liv­ing in Wa­jir.

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

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