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IS Nairobi Se­na­tor Mike Sonko (pic­tured) back­ing down on his bid for Nairobi gov­er­nor in favour of the in­cum­bent Evans Kidero? Well, a source has con­fided to Cor­ri­dors that Kidero and Sonko held pri­vate talks at the In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal Ho­tel on Tuesday in what was seen as a cozy move to have them work to­gether in next year’s polls. Sonko, ac­com­pa­nied by for­mer Ka­mukunji MP Si­mon Mbugua and close al­lies, is said to have reached out to Kidero to first mend fences with him with an as­sur­ance that the Gov­er­nor, if re­elected in 2017, will sup­port him lat­ter at the 2022 Gen­eral elec­tion. Whether the flam­boy­ant se­na­tor is keen in jump­ing ship from the Ju­bilee Party to Raila Odinga’s ODM re­mains to be seen.

WORD has it that the planned fundrais­ing or­gan­ised in Em­bakasi East for 7 SDA churches last week flopped. The event had been or­gan­ised by Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto’s, peo­ple who wanted to pop­u­lar­ize the Ju­bilee Party in the area. How­ever, res­i­dents and SDA church lead­ers re­ported to have skipped the event. Only a hand­ful of peo­ple are said to have at­tended the meet­ing and that the or­ga­niz­ers were se­verely em­bar­rassed by the church lead­ers. It is said youths were hired and fer­ried in on 10 buses to at­tend the fundrais­ing so that the DP and other Ju­bilee lead­ers were not too hor­ri­bly em­bar­rassed.

IS the once-out­spo­ken and renowned for­mer Bu­mula MP Bif­woli Wakoli keen on seek­ing re­elec­tion, come 2017? Cor­ri­dors is told Wakoli, who cur­rently holds a paras­tatal po­si­tion, is keen to oust the in­cum­bent Boni­face Ot­si­ula for fail­ing to de­liver on his 2013 man­i­festo. Our mole told Cor­ri­dors Wakoli has bowed to re­morse­ful con­stituents’ plea to de­fend his seat again, be­cause Ot­si­ula has al­legedly failed in en­sur­ing im­pas­si­ble roads are im­proved, among other projects. It is said Wakoli has de­ployed his key cam­paign­ers across the con­stituency to pop­u­larise him anew, as he waits to re­sign and of­fi­cially de­clare his in­ter­est in the seat. Cor­ri­dors is also told Wakoli will an­nounce the party he will vie on, but not JP, de­spite be­ing em­ployed by its prin­ci­pals af­ter los­ing both the Bu­mula and Bun­goma sen­a­to­rial by-elec­tions in 2013.

A senior govern­ment of­fi­cial from the Rift Val­ley re­gion has al­legedly di­vorced her hus­band in favour of a city scribe. ‘Dolly,’ as she is known by her peers, moved in last week with her new love on the up­mar­ket Lav­ing­ton es­tate. The ‘spon­see’ was tipped for a Cabi­net slot in 2015. The scribe, who re­cently ac­quired a state-ofthe-art Range Rover, has of­ten been men­tioned in the many Ju­bilee govern­ment scan­dals. His side­kick has ac­quired a sleek new Mer­cedes Benz S-class.

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

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