COR­RI­DORS OF POWER

The Star (Kenya) - - News -

EVEN as the coun­try tries to un­der­stand how Sh5 bil­lion was lost at the Min­istry of Health Head­quar­ters, one of the peo­ple men­tioned in the scam is a known in­flu­en­tial sup­plier at Afya House. All Afya House staff are al­ways happy when he walks into the Com­mu­nity Hill-based build­ing be­cause he is known to dish out money to all and sundry to keep an eye on com­pet­ing bid­ders. No bid­der can suc­ceed in a ten­der at Afya House with­out the man’s bless­ings. Some of the staff were over­heard last week say­ing Health CS Cleopa Mailu (pic­tured)should now re­view CCTV footage to see the said busi­ness­man.

JUST where is this aide at­tached to one of the Cord prin­ci­pals get­ting in­struc­tions from? Since the man, who claims to be a gym in­struc­tor, though it later turned out that he is masseur was hired by the Big Man, en­voys, gov­er­nors, MPs, busi­ness­peo­ple, friends and other key fig­ures have been com­plain­ing that ac­cess to the leader has been cut off. When­ever they try to call the prin­ci­pal, the se­cu­rity aide does not hes­i­tate to dis­con­nect their calls. As if this were not enough, the man brags to those who care to lis­ten that he is un­touch­able. In­ter­est­ingly, in­flu­en­tial Ju­bilee strate­gists, among them politi­cians and busi­ness­peo­ple, were re­cently heard say­ing that the man is do­ing a good job as per their plan. Cor­ri­dors has it that the plan is to iso­late the prin­ci­pal from the peo­ple.

JU­BILEE point men who led the party’s cam­paigns in ward by-elec­tions in Kisii, Turkana, Ka­ji­ado and Tana River coun­ties may be in for a rude shock. The in­di­vid­u­als, the ma­jor­ity of them Cord rebel MPs and other of­fi­cials fac­ing ex­pul­sion from their par­ties, have been told to ac­count for their ac­tions. De­spite spend­ing colos­sal sums of money to sway the vot­ers, the Pres­i­dent’s party only man­aged one seat of the four up for grabs. A source tells Cor­ri­dors that the in­di­vid­u­als may have pock­eted the money think­ing that their can­di­dates would carry the day. Even not so good for the rebel Cord MPs, Cor­ri­dors has it that should their party suc­cess­fully man­age to push them out and there­fore oc­ca­sion a by- elec­tion, Ju­bilee will not stand with them.

AND still on Ju­bilee, Cor­ri­dors has been in­formed that some of the politi­cians away in China to learn how to man­age a party seem to have ex­panded their mis­sion to test­ing Chi­nese twi­light good­ies. A small bird whis­pers to Cor­ri­dors that two ex­cited politi­cians hardly par­tic­i­pated in learn­ing a thing or two about the Com­mu­nist Party of China, in­stead they roamed the streets to test their bed prow­ess.

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