COR­RI­DORS OF POWER

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GATUNDU South MP Moses Kuria (pic­tured) may have shocked the Kikuyu elite when he told the com­mu­nity on a ver­nac­u­lar FM sta­tion that they needed Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta more than he needed them. When the first­time leg­is­la­tor ac­com­pa­nied Uhuru and Deputy

Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto on their tour of Cen­tral on Mon­day and yes­ter­day, he got a thun­der­ous ap­plause and a warm re­cep­tion at ev­ery stopover, to the cha­grin of lo­cal lead­ers. Kuria’s un­end­ing de­fence of the Pres­i­dent has seen some Cen­tral Kenya Ju­bilee sup­port­ers start whis­per­ing that the vo­cal MP, who faces sev­eral hate speech-re­lated charges, is a man to watch.

A JP hope­ful for the Dagoretti North MP sur­vived a ‘kichapo cha mbwa’ from an­gry boda boda riders on Sun­day for fail­ing to hon­our a prom­ise. The as­pi­rant was to pay them and fuel their mo­tor­bikes dur­ing his cam­paigns. The more than 300 riders and the as­pi­rant’s sup­port­ers es­corted him to the Kawang­ware PAG Church, where he also promised heavy fini­cal sup­port for a mod­ern church. It is said the hope­less as­pi­rant was forced to es­cape from on a mo­tor­bike as the charg­ing mob pur­sued him. Word has it that the mob re­sorted to set­ting his cam­paign T-shirts ablaze.

WHO, ex­actly, is pro­tect­ing as­sis­tant county

com­mis­sion Alex Mu­tua Nakamet based in Na­manga Town? He was ar­rested by the EACC for de­mand­ing a Sh100,000 bribe from mem­bers of the Mailua Group Ranch to set­tle a dis­pute be­tween two war­ring fac­tions fol­low­ing a dis­puted elec­tion. We are told the EACC is fac­ing chal­lenges in hav­ing him take a plea af­ter a se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial vowed not to al­low it to charge the ad­min­is­tra­tor. The Com­mis­sion has even ob­tained a war­rant of ar­rest, but the se­nior gov­ern­ment man is adamant and tells the po­lice not to ar­rest the wanted Nakamet. Is this not im­punity? Can the real In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice stand up and take ac­tion?

THAT ex­cess syco­phancy is pun­ished in ODM is not in doubt. Af­ter an op­po­nent wres­tled Homa Bay MP Peter Kaluma, an ar­dent sup­porter of party leader Raila Odinga, to the ground, Kisumu Town MP Ken Obura had no kind words for the MP un­der siege. He was over­head in Par­lia­ment telling his Ki­tutu Masaba coun­ter­part Ti­mothy Bosire that “un­con­trolled syco­phancy is pun­ish­able” in ODM. He bragged about hav­ing suc­cess­fully hosted Pres­i­dent

Uhuru Keny­atta in Kisumu, the ODM bedrock, but Kaluma, a per­ceived ODM diehard, was punched right in front of ‘Baba’ and noth­ing hap­pened. He ap­peared to sug­gest that he bet­ter re­main a rebel and sur­vive than be­come a loy­al­ist and be roughed up by sup­port­ers.

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

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