COR­RI­DORS OF POWER

The Star (Kenya) - - News -

ALL ap­pears not so rosy in the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto and El­geyo Marak­wet Se­na­tor KIpchumba Murkomen (pic­tured). The en­try of for­mer po­lice

boss David Ki­maiyo into the Se­nate race to re­place Murkomen is said to be cre­at­ing ten­sion be­tween the se­na­tor and the DP. In­sid­ers say Murkomen feels the DP has taken Ki­maiyo as his favourite, de­spite the se­na­tor hav­ing been one of Ju­bilee’s staunch­est de­fend­ers. “You may not see the se­na­tor de­fend­ing Ju­bilee as he has done be­fore,” our mole said.

WHO owns e-cit­i­zen, a gov­ern­ment plat­form that you can use to ap­ply for gov­ern­ment doc­u­ments? We are told the sys­tem is a project fronted by a se­nior Ju­bilee leader, who is ag­gres­sively us­ing his po­si­tion to force many gov­ern­ment in­sti­tu­tions to get onto the plat­form. The lat­est one is NTSA, which has switched to us­ing the sys­tem. We are told any­one who lodges a doc­u­ment is charged Sh50 on top of the usual charge, mean­ing NTSA col­lects mil­lions daily, amounts that go into the pocket of an in­di­vid­ual.

TWO days af­ter the tribu­la­tion and com­plaints by par­ents of stu­dents ex­pelled from Tala High School, the school ad­min­is­tra­tion quickly sent SMS mes­sages to af­fected par­ents, ask­ing them to take their chil­dren back to sit their KCSE. The con­fused par­ents won­der why their chil­dren have been re­called when they have been away for four months. Each stu­dent has been asked to bring an­other three six-foot chain-link wire and will have to dig five-foot holes, be­fore be­ing al­lowed to sit their KCSE, whose re­hearsal is sched­uled for Fri­day. The par­ents con­tem­plate su­ing the prin­ci­pal and the school.

A man ad­versely men­tioned in the al­leged Sh5.3 bil­lion min­istry of Health scam has come along way to reach where he is. Cor­ri­dors has learnt the man, who, at one time, was a pro­lific break­dancer, used to write pro­pos­als with a friend in city cy­ber­cafes be­fore he made it. The man who now wal­lows in mil­lion-shilling deals at one time lived in High­rise Ma­jengo, be­fore he moved to Dagoretti.

A se­nior of­fi­cial, who had been sus­pended and who worked for a cor­po­ra­tion un­der the En­ergy min­istry, is said to have re­ported back to work with a bang. The lady, the wife of a for­mer in­flu­en­tial pub­lic of­fi­cer, was sus­pended for mis­con­duct. How­ever, not known to her, the depart­ment was merged with an­other soon af­ter her sus­pen­sion. She now has no of­fice and has been walk­ing up and down the cor­ri­dors of the build­ing look­ing for of­fice space.

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

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