COR­RI­DORS OF POWER

The Star (Kenya) - - News -

Who is do­ing what and where in the world of pol­i­tics

SOME Ju­bilee-al­lied MPs were on Thurs­day overheard laugh­ing aloud about the ac­tiv­i­ties of an out­spo­ken first-term MP from Nyanza. The three MPs laughed off the man, who prides him­self as be­ing close to ODM party leader Raila

Odinga, as be­ing their mole at the heart of the op­po­si­tion bosses’ ac­tiv­i­ties.

A day af­ter the ar­rest of a Kenya Air­ways in-flight at­ten­dant by Kenyan se­cu­rity agents on drug-traf­fick­ing charges, his col­leagues, es­pe­cially those in se­cu­rity, are in panic mode be­cause the sus­pect named the in­di­vid­u­als with whom he has been trad­ing. In­ves­ti­ga­tors are ze­ro­ing in on Kenya Air­ports Author­ity ground staff, cater­ing ser­vice em­ploy­ees and cargo han­dlers who are sus­pected to be ac­com­plices in a ma­jor drug-traf­fick­ing scheme at the coun­try’s premier air­port.

A lit­tle bird tells us cor­rup­tion at the Min­istry of De­vo­lu­tion (the Spe­cial Pro­grammes De­part­ment) con­tin­ues to be the or­der of the day, de­spite a pub­lic out­cry. Out of the many com­pa­nies con­tracted to sup­ply re­lief food, in­clud­ing rice, beans, maize and oil, one com­pany as­so­ci­ated with a top boss is given 80 per cent of the busi­ness and the re­main­ing firms are left to scav­enge for the bal­ance of 20 per cent! Cor­ri­dors can’t help but won­der whether this is the of­fi­cial Min­istry of Cor­rup­tion in Kenya.

AF­TER fail­ing to re­move a con­trac­tor he hired to ren­o­vate his city build­ing us­ing le­gal means, a ty­coon-cum- politi­cian has now re­sorted to un­couth meth­ods to force his way. The build­ing, which was di­lap­i­dated, was handed to the con­trac­tor as the care­taker in a deal that would run for sev­eral years. But be­fore the con­trac­tor started en­joy­ing the fruits of his labour, the ty­coon wants him out. First, the ty­coon un­suc­cess­fully used the city au­thor­i­ties, be­fore the mat­ter ended up in court. But even as the dis­pute is still pend­ing in court, sev­eral youths were spot­ted be­hind the build­ing last Sun­day dous­ing it with petrol in an at­tempt to set it ablaze, but their plan failed when some women no­ticed them and raised the alarm.

IS it true that some of­fi­cials as­so­ci­ated with State House op­er­a­tives are black­mail­ing some women into hav­ing sex with them be­fore the women are paid? Some ladies be­long­ing to one of the many cam­paign groups have openly com­plained that the of­fi­cials de­mand that they sleep with them be­fore they are given cash for their ac­tiv­i­ties. We are told that the two most no­to­ri­ous ones are well-known pub­lic fig­ures!

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