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SO what be­came of Mom­basa Gov­er­nor

Has­san Joho (pic­tured) and his ODM cru­sade? Joho and his com­rade Suna East MP Junet

Mo­hamed have been miss­ing in ac­tion for weeks now. While it’s un­der­stood that the fire­brand gov­er­nor re­cently trav­elled to France, ODM sup­port­ers are ask­ing ques­tions about his deaf­en­ing si­lence and ma­jor no show. Joho had lined up a series of ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing in El­doret. He had also promised to spear­head op­po­si­tion chief Raila Odinga’s pres­i­den­tial cam­paigns. Junet, too, has been miss­ing in ac­tion and skipped the ODM Na­tional Govern­ing Coun­cil meet­ing re­cently. Could there be a prob­lem deep in­side the Or­ange Party?

AN on­go­ing at­tempt to push back the Au­gust 2017 elec­tion date has amused some Ju­bilee and Cord leg­is­la­tors. Our mole tells Corridors the MPs were over­heard vow­ing to lobby for the sup­port of an amend­ment Bill be­ing pro­posed by their col­league as this will en­able them to pocket ex­tra cash for the cam­paigns. The MPs are said to re­gret why they re­jected a sim­i­lar law twice last year, pushed by Ugenya MP

David Ochieng. It is said the leg­is­la­tors will defy any de-whip­ping at­tempt by their coali­tion prin­ci­pals to pass the amend­ment Bill. They also cite the lim­ited time the IEBC com­mis­sion­ers have to pre­pare and con­duct next year’s polls.

TEN­SION has re­mained high in Sirisia con­stituency a day af­ter area MP John Waluke put up a Ju­bilee Party of­fice at the Sirisia Mar­ket cen­tre. Corridors is told Waluke was con­sid­er­ing hir­ing se­cu­rity of­fi­cers to guard the of­fice af­ter youths warned him when he vis­ited the build­ing. Ju­bilee re­mains un­pop­u­lar in the re­gion and it is be­com­ing hard to sell the new party. Waluke is walk­ing a tightrope af­ter he de­camped to JP from ODM. Sirisia con­stituency has been a bat­tle­ground for ODM and Ford Kenya.

youth­ful MP was al­most a vic­tim of the Wed­nes­day night swoop by Nairobi county of­fi­cers on noisy clubs around res­i­den­tial ar­eas. The man and his bevy of beau­ties had just parked out­side one of the clubs that was clamped down when se­cu­rity per­son­nel and Nema of­fi­cers pounced. He later ex­plained to his friends how he had been mis­led into vis­it­ing the club, which he never fre­quents, for the birth­day party of one of the beau­ties - and vowed never to be dragged into ‘un­known’ places again.

Ju­bilee MP from the Rift Val­ley was heard com­plain­ing that Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta at times takes them for granted. He as­ton­ished rev­ellers at a club in Kile­leshwa when he bit­terly com­plained that the Pres­i­dent had failed to in­vite him for his son’s tra­di­tional mar­riage cer­e­mony in Icaw­eri, Gatundu South, to­mor­row.

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

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