COR­RI­DORS OF POWER

The Star (Kenya) - - News -

AS the race to suc­ceed National Assem­bly

Clerk Justin Bundi (pic­tured) con­tin­ues, a sec­tion of staff at Bunge is deeply wor­ried. Cor­ri­dors is re­li­ably in­formed a ju­nior staff mem­ber in Par­lia­ment’s ho­tel sec­tion has threat­ened some col­leagues across de­part­ments that they will be in for hard times should a fron­trun­ner — who hap­pens to come from his eth­nic com­mu­nity — be ap­pointed. The af­fected staff are so wor­ried that though they re­gard the fron­trun­ner as the most qual­i­fied, ex­pe­ri­enced and sober-minded, they fear the ju­nior of­fi­cer will walk all over them, should his prayers come to pass.

THE huge amounts of money be­ing dished out by a par­lia­men­tary as­pi­rant in Keri­cho county have tongues wag­ging. Why? The man, who has also been us­ing hired chop­pers ev­ery weekend, is not known to own a busi­ness em­pire that can so re­gally fi­nance his po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties. Cor­ri­dors has been told that the man — who is con­sid­er­ing run­ning on the Kanu ticket and who is re­ported to be funded by a former Cabi­net Sec­re­tary — has ap­peared on the radar of National In­tel­li­gence Ser­vice of­fi­cers in the county.

NAIROBI gover­nor as­pi­rant Es­ther Pas­saris has made a public ap­peal not just to get your vote but also to help her coin the name of a po­lit­i­cal party that “de­picts unity and res­onates with peo­ple of like minds”. If you suc­cess­fully pro­pose the best name, you will not go home empty-handed. You will be re­warded with an un­taxed Sh50,000. May the most cre­ative man or woman win.

IT ap­pears politi­cians eye­ing City Hall in 2017 will not avoid ex­huma­tion of their records and skele­tons that char­ac­terise vir­tu­ally all elec­tions. Al­ready, there are claims that one of the self-pro­claimed and highly rated as­pi­rants has ques­tion­able univer­sity aca­demic credentials. Be­sides en­rolling for a Master’s de­gree be­fore his un­der­grad­u­ate re­sults are out, this gover­nor hope­ful is said to have had all his aca­demic work han­dled by some­one else, since at the time he was “too busy to at­tend classes”.

AN as­pi­rant for We­buye East MP never ceases to amaze. Re­cently, the man is re­ported to have joined a group of women who had gone to the vil­lage well to draw wa­ter. It’s said the man in sol­i­dar­ity tied a leso round his waist and car­ried a 20-litre jer­rycan on his head. Those in the know say the man has be­come such a dar­ling of the women that he has been nick­named “Mama Wa­toto”.

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