COR­RI­DORS OF POWER

PO­LIT­I­CAL GOS­SIP

The Star (Kenya) - - News -

Who is do­ing what and where in the world of pol­i­tics

NOM­I­NATED Se­na­tor Zip­po­rah Kit­tony (pic­tured) is shocked and dis­gusted by Machakos wo­man rep Su­san Musyoka’s lan­guage and is ask­ing the gov­ern­ment to fight cor­rup­tion. Musyoka said at a me­dia con­fer­ence in Machakos town on Tues­day that Pres­i­dent Uhuru Kenyatta should “re­sign or com­mit sui­cide for not tack­ling cor­rup­tion”. The for­mer Maen­deleo Ya Wanawake Or­gan­i­sa­tion chair­per­son won­dered why Musyoka could not moder­ate her lan­guage as a re­spected leader. “I am not con­don­ing cor­rup­tion, but women should re­frain from us­ing in­ap­pro­pri­ate lan­guage, es­pe­cially re­fer­ring to the head of state, even if it is just out of re­spect to the of­fice he holds,” Kit­tony said.

DUR­ING the last In­ter­na­tional Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion Unions sum­mit in Bu­dapest, Hun­gary, last Oc­to­ber, Kenya made a spec­ta­cle of it­self that the rest of the world has not for­got­ten. While the gov­ern­ment del­e­ga­tion had gone to cam­paign for com­pa­triot Bishar Hus­sein to be re-elected di­rec­tor gen­eral, Kenyan civil so­ci­ety groups ac­tively went to cam­paign against him. When the ac­tivists could not reg­is­ter as Kenyans, they con­vinced Nor­way to al­low them to reg­is­ter as Nor­we­gians to ac­cess the ple­nary hall. A group of for­eign­ers was heard dis­cussing why Kenyans pull each other down, yet such a po­si­tion brings pres­tige to their moth­er­land.

THE like­li­hood of for­mer Pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Peter Ken­neth join­ing the Ju­bilee Part and pos­si­bly run­ning in Nairobi for Gover­nor has sent other as­pi­rants back to the draw­ing board. Af­ter a union of four as­pi­rants - John­son Sakaja, Mike Sonko, Mar­garet Wan­jiru and Den­nis Waweru - failed to kick off, Ju­bilee strategists are won­der­ing how Ken­neth fits in the equa­tion. The four politi­cians had an­nounced they would work to­gether and sup­port who­ever wins the nom­i­na­tions, but our moles tell us they are yet to be seen to­gether due to mu­tual sus­pi­cion and para­noia. Though Ken­neth is yet to an­nounce whether he will vie in Nairobi, we are told the four politi­cians have been send­ing emis­saries to each other to re­vive their union.

ARE there ac­count­abil­ity ques­tions at the Na­tional Aids and STI Con­trol Pro­gramme? Sources whis­per to Cor­ri­dors that some pow­er­ful forces are stop­ping in­ter­nal au­di­tors from scru­ti­n­is­ing Nas­cop. The in­sti­tu­tion is un­der the Health min­istry. Nas­cop has been re­ceiv­ing hun­dreds of mil­lions in donor fund­ing. The min­istry is cur­rently in the eye of a Sh3.2 bil­lion storm trig­gered by an in­terim in­ter­nal audit leaked to a me­dia house. The state, in a multi-pronged strat­egy, has moved to dis­credit the re­port. How­ever, the EACC has in­sti­tuted a probe into top Health of­fi­cials. Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary Cleopa Mailu also wants a spe­cial audit by an in­de­pen­dent ex­ter­nal au­di­tor.

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