PO­LIT­I­CAL GOS­SIP

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Who is do­ing what and where in the world of pol­i­tics

A sec­tion of op­po­si­tion MPs are a much hap­pier lot. Rea­son? A once-adamant Deputy

Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto’s re­cent ad­mis­sion that mil­lions in tax­pay­ers’ money were lost in the Na­tional Youth Ser­vice is jus­ti­fi­able rea­son for the Ju­bilee Party to be re­moved from power next year. The leg­is­la­tors are de­lighted by the on­go­ing war of words be­tween Ruto and for­mer Devo­lu­tion CS Anne Waig­uru over the NYS scan­dal. Cor­ri­dors is told the MPs were over­heard blam­ing Ruto for too strongly de­fend­ing Waig­uru over the Sh1.6 bil­lion scam and his on­slaught against Cord leader Raila Odinga (pic­tured), whom the DP termed a pro­pa­gan­dist. The MPs are keen to use Ruto’s ad­mis­sion and Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta’s self-con­fessed fail­ure to curb graft to gain po­lit­i­cal mileage for the op­po­si­tion to win at the forth­com­ing gen­eral elec­tion.

AN ex­plo­sive in­ter­nal au­dit report at City Hall has stoked fears among em­ploy­ees of the cap­i­tal city county. Sev­eral county staffers said to be un­able to ex­plain their mas­sive ex­pen­di­tures have gone into panic mode. The high volt­age fi­nan­cial report has raised a lot of au­dit queries touch­ing on un­sup­ported im­prests. How­ever, it’s said a good num­ber of county ex­ec­u­tives and chief of­fi­cers who were un­able to ac­count for un-sur­ren­dered im­prests to­tal­ing in the hun­dreds of thou­sands of shillings have qui­etly started pay­ing back the money. One ex­ec­u­tive who was re­port­edly find­ing it hard to pay back Sh700,000 of un-sur­ren­dered im­prests that has been de­manded is said to have cleared the en­tire amount last week. This has raised sus­pi­cion, with those in the know ask­ing where, ex­actly, did the CEC get the lump-sum amount that he has paid in one fell swoop.

IS the ground grow­ing hos­tile for one wealthy sen­a­tor cam­paign­ing to be­come gover­nor? He is best known for invit­ing lo­cals to eat white rice at his home. But now even those lo­cals have stopped go­ing there for the del­i­cacy. Some vil­lagers com­plain they de­vel­oped di­ar­rhoea af­ter eat­ing rice that was not washed prop­erly be­fore cook­ing. Re­cently, the sen­a­tor vis­ited the turf of the in­cum­bent gover­nor and was roundly heck­led by res­i­dents. Those close to him have asked him to aban­don his ill-thoughtout bid and sup­port the gover­nor for his sec­ond and last term.

WORD has it that a se­nior ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer at City Hall has been fight­ing of­fi­cers in the Park­ing depart­ment be­cause they have re­fused to ex­tort from mo­torists and get him cash on a daily ba­sis. The of­fi­cer is said to have sus­pended a se­nior of­fi­cer in the Park­ing depart­ment af­ter he stream­lined op­er­a­tions.

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