COR­RI­DORS OF POWER

The Star (Kenya) - - News -

THERE is in­ter­est­ing in­for­ma­tion do­ing the rounds on so­cial me­dia and it’s about some of the peo­ple short­listed for the po­si­tion of IEBC chair­per­son. There are claims that Mar­garet Shava (pic­tured) is a niece of Pres­i­dent Uhuru

Keny­atta and Nom­i­nated Se­na­tor Beth Mugo and is mar­ried in West­ern. They claim that be­cause she is very close to the Keny­at­tas, she may not be a fair ref­eree next year. The in­for­ma­tion also claims that David Mereka, who has been short­listed for the same po­si­tion, was very close to re­tired Pres­i­dent Daniel Moi and once sued the LSK for fault­ing then rul­ing party Kanu.

SO, who among Nairobi Se­na­tor Mike Sonko, Dagoretti South MP Den­nis Waweru, Nom­i­nated

MP John­son Sakaja and former Starehe MP Mar­garet Wan­jiru is ready to drop their Nairobi gov­er­nor bid in favour of oth­ers? Cor­ri­dors has it that the race is turn­ing into a money af­fair, and those who are not monied enough to ne­go­ti­ate the city slums are said to be jit­tery. Ac­cord­ing to in­sid­ers within the Nairobi Ju­bilee cam­paign team, ev­ery as­pi­rant’s bank bal­ance or slush fund will be one of the de­ter­min­ing fac­tors be­fore JP can agree on the fi­nal lineup.

OP­ER­A­TIONS have been af­fected in var­i­ous po­lice di­vi­sions fol­low­ing non­pay­ment of op­er­a­tional funds. For in­stance, of­fi­cers claim there is no money to pay food sup­pli­ers for meals for sus­pects held in the cells, buy fuel and trans­port pris­on­ers to the courts, re­pair po­lice cars and other lo­gis­tics. Di­vi­sion com­man­ders are wor­ried that if the sit­u­a­tion con­tin­ues, it will paral­yse their work and they may be forced to re­lease some sus­pects in their cus­tody, lest they starve. “How will we feed those in our cus­tody?” asked one of­fi­cer. The money is sup­posed to be re­leased by Po­lice Head­quar­ters and those re­spon­si­ble are asked to act with speed.

A ma­jor war is brew­ing be­tween hawk­ers and shop own­ers be­hind Ken­com House in Nairobi. Rea­son? The hawk­ers have been al­lowed to put up tent stalls to sell their wares on the park­ing lot ad­ja­cent to Moi Av­enue, but Cor­ri­dors has learnt that a car­tel work­ing with a se­nior City Hall of­fi­cial has gone ahead to and ir­reg­u­larly taken over the park­ing spa­ces be­tween Tu­maini House and Uchumi House. The ear­lier agree­ment, said to have been en­tered into be­tween City Hall and the traders, was that they would pay the county Sh350 each, Sh50 more than the of­fi­cial daily park­ing fee. The hawk­ers be­hind Ken­com have ir­reg­u­larly erected their tents not only in park­ing ar­eas but also walk­ways. Shop own­ers are now urg­ing

Gov­er­nor Evans Kidero to in­ter­vene and or­der a probe.

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

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