COR­RI­DORS OF POWER

The Star (Kenya) - - News -

WORD has it that sev­eral se­nior of­fi­cers at City Hall (pic­tured) are un­able to ex­plain their mas­sive ex­pen­di­tures. Those in the know say that the in­ter­nal au­di­tor raised sev­eral queries on im­prests. How­ever, it’s said a good num­ber of CECs and Chief Of­fi­cers are un­able to ac­count for un­sur­ren­dered im­press in the hun­dreds of thou­sands of shillings. One CEC is re­port­edly find­ing it hard to re­im­burse Sh700,000 in un­sur­ren­dered im­prets that has been de­manded back.

THE latest op­po­si­tion to hav­ing the SGR cut through the Nairobi Na­tional Park by a lead­ing con­ser­va­tion or­gan­i­sa­tion has left many play­ers in the sec­tor won­der­ing where have they been and what has or­ches­trated the change of heart. But Cor­ri­dors has learnt that the or­gan­i­sa­tion, which de­pends on in­ter­na­tional donors for its fund­ing, had started los­ing face among its global net­works who had started cutting back fund­ing be­cause of its per­ceived sup­port of en­croach­ment on con­ser­va­tion ar­eas to pave way for in­fra­struc­ture projects. Its late op­po­si­tion is seen by lo­cal peers as a back­track­ing tac­tic, as to be seen to be for the project is to be viewed as ap­prov­ing ir­re­versible dam­age to the Park, thus hurt­ing Kenya’s con­ser­va­tion cre­den­tials.

DID the Trea­sury de­lib­er­ately bring down the on­line sup­plier por­tal? This is the ques­tion Kenyans are ask­ing af­ter the por­tal mys­te­ri­ously stopped work­ing on Satur­day. The por­tal listed all the con­tracts the govern­ment has awarded in the re­cent past. There is spec­u­la­tion the por­tal was brought down to pro­tect some com­pa­nies that have been ad­versely men­tioned in the Sh5 bil­lion Mafya House scan­dal. It’s al­leged that the com­pa­nies could have got­ten even more con­tracts, con­trary to what is in the pub­lic do­main.

TALK­ING of the re­cent ward by-elec­tions, what ac­tu­ally hap­pened in Kalokol ward, Turkana county, re­mains a mys­tery. How­ever, Cor­ri­dors has in­for­ma­tion that de­spite the Ju­bilee Party splash­ing colos­sal amounts of cash on the Cord rebels, its own point men and aligned MCAs on the ground to cam­paign for its can­di­date and en­sure that he car­ried the day, the hero­ics of a young man nick­named “Sonko” may have just out­smarted the whole Ju­bilee bat­tal­ion as he had the last laugh - as he deny­ing the JP man vic­tory. We are told that “Sonko” op­er­ated from Kal­ima­pus, slept in many­at­tas and hired all the shops in the area for his op­er­a­tions. The young monied man, who also has am­bi­tions to be the next Turkana se­na­tor, also had a fleet of top-ofthe range cars, some­thing that has shocked the res­i­dents and driven the Ju­bilee point men back to the draw­ing board.

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