COR­RI­DORS OF POWER

The Star (Kenya) - - News -

NYATIKE MP Edick Anyanga (pic­tured) was over­joyed last week when a sec­tion of his con­stituents vis­ited his home and show­ered with him gifts for a ‘job well done’ by the twoterm MP. The gifts ranged from cows, goats and chick­ens to bags of beans, mil­let and sorghum. Some even brought fire­wood as a to­ken of their ap­pre­ci­a­tion for their MP. A grat­i­fied Anyanga has in turn passed on the gifts to the needy and el­derly. The MP has now been telling his op­po­nents to read the signs of what they should ex­pect in 2017.

A paras­tatal chief has left tongues wag­ging af­ter hir­ing a nanny from Eng­land so the chil­dren can be taught how to pro­nounce words and speak the Queen’s English. The ar­dent ad­mirer of English cul­ture, man­ner­isms and ta­ble man­ners, has got col­leagues, friends and neigh­bours won­der­ing where he gets the Sh600,000 for the nanny’s monthly pay, at a time when the paras­tatal owes its sup­pli­ers mil­lions of shillings. Cor­ri­dors has been told the boss has strict in­struc­tions to the sec­re­tary not to let sup­pli­ers into the of­fice. But even with a moun­tain of un­paid in­voices, the boss is al­ways on in­ter­na­tional trips, hop­ping from one cap­i­tal to an­other.

THAT politi­cians and cow­boy con­trac­tors are us­ing the dreaded anti-ter­ror po­lice unit to threaten, ha­rass and in­tim­i­date crit­ics is now not in doubt. A pop­u­lar busi­ness­man in a North­ern Kenya county is caught on tape threat­en­ing to un­leash the po­lice unit of­ten ac­cused of ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings and en­forced dis­ap­pear­ances. This time, the tar­get is a fierce so­cial me­dia county critic, who ac­cused the busi­ness­man of col­lud­ing with of­fi­cials from the Gov­er­nor’s of­fice to siphon off mil­lions of shillings do­nated by a Euro­pean na­tion. Is the ATPU now be­com­ing a force out to set­tle scores?

THE fast-ap­proach­ing 2017 Au­gust polls to end the Eleventh Par­lia­ment’s five-year term have caused some MPs to lose in­ter­est in House business. Rea­son? The pos­si­bil­ity of many MPs get­ting re­elected is fast fad­ing, forc­ing them to only show up in com­mit­tees where they can sign for sit­ting al­lowances. Word has it that the MPs are afraid of their ri­vals whose pop­u­lar­ity is gain­ing ground like prover­bial wild fire and are spend­ing more time on the ground to re­deem their chances of re­elec­tion. Cor­ri­dors is told many leg­is­la­tors did not show up in Par­lia­ment af­ter it re­sumed from the onemonth Septem­ber re­cess and when it went on a short two-week Novem­ber re­cess. This has on sev­eral oc­ca­sions thrown Par­lia­ment into a quo­rum hitch.

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