CORRIDORS OF POWER
SO why are police officers at the Nairobi Railway Station acting with such massive impunity? The officers are so bold in their extortion that many civilians are left wondering if the government’s anti-corruption efforts are bearing any fruit. Well, Corridors has it that officers from the station have made it a daily routine to arrest trucks loading in the Railways compound. The truck drivers are not told their offence. Neither are they taken to court. Instead, each crew is forced to part with a Sh2,000 fee. It’s said some trucks are sometimes impounded more than once a day. So is the OCS aware of this lawlessness that threatens to paralyse hard-working Kenyans’ businesses? Well, the affected truck owners are pleading with Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet
(pictured) to use his powers to end this mess.
STILL on matters to do with the police, a Kenya Police Service lorry (Registration Number GK082T), ferrying crowd-control horses, was accidentally reversed into one Joseph Karanja’s car (KBL 711D) in the parking lot of the Blu Hut Hotel on Park Road, Nairobi, on Tuesday evening. The motorist was not in his vehicle but arrived within seconds, only to find the police lorry leaving the scene of the accident. He rushed to a senior Traffic cop standing by the road and the lorry was promptly stopped. Karanja hopes the officers concerned will cover the repair expenses, without having to struggle to make them do a decent job.
REMEMBER the phrase “You should know people”? A former city MP on Sunday night refused to be searched by security guards at the Nairobi’s Ridgeways Shopping Mall entrance. The former two-term MP for a constituency in Eastlands was seen harassing the security guards. “I have it. What do you want to search for?” he was heard angrily telling the guards. He was referring to his concealed gun. The dazzled guards let him through the scanner after realising he was not going to back down as he began forcing his way through the metal detector to go into the supermarket. Is this because they recognised him and trusted him 100 per cent?
A Nairobi county executive is said to have vested interests in garbage collection. Those in the know say the man owns a garbage collection firm, which he runs through proxies. Recently, he used his influence to win the garbage collection tender for Lang’ata. Those who collect garbage in the area were told to pack up and go. It’s rumoured his personal assistant calls the shots. Several garbage collectors now want Governor Evans Kidero to crack the whip and sack the CEC, who harbours political ambitions.