CORRIDORS OF POWER
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!