COR­RI­DORS OF POWER

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

the Keri­cho county gov­ern­ment ad­ver­tise the po­si­tions of County Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cers and those of Chief Of­fi­cers and left out that of the County Sec­re­tary? Con­cerned res­i­dents in the county now want Gov­er­nor Paul Chep­kwony (pic­tured) to or­der the ad­ver­tise­ment of the po­si­tion, say­ing the of­fice in the last gov­ern­ment did not per­form to their ex­pec­ta­tions and there­fore fresh blood should be hired.

JUST

how much in al­lowances do park­ing at­ten­dants at City Hall get? Af­ter the re­cent ar­raign­ment in court of sev­eral of­fi­cers from the Fi­nance sec­tor at City Hall over mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of funds, Gov­er­nor Mike Sonko is be­ing asked to crack­down on a car­tel in the de­part­ment which has been fal­si­fy­ing park­ing al­lowances and dou­bling them. Those in the know say that be­tween the months of Fe­bru­ary and May, three se­nior of­fi­cers in the park­ing de­part­ment were able to fal­sify the al­lowances and with­drew Sh53.5 mil­lion from a com­mer­cial bank near City Hall.

WHAT

could have been dis­turb­ing Ki­ambu Se­na­tor Ki­mani Wa­matangi last week on Thurs­day dur­ing swear­ing-in in the Se­nate Cham­ber? Wa­matangi, who is known for his jolly and warm pres­ence, was un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally very quiet. The sec­ond term Se­na­tor, who has de­clared he will run for Se­nate Deputy Speaker, though he has been told to with­draw his can­di­da­ture in favour of Tharaka Nithi Se­na­tor Kindiki Kithure, hardy made any move­ment within the House other than when he was be­ing sworn in and dur­ing the vot­ing for the Speaker.

JUST

why can’t Nairobi county po­lice boss

Japheth Koome display some emo­tional in­tel­li­gence and hu­man­ity just to un­der­stand the pain of griev­ing fam­i­lies? The con­tro­ver­sial county com­man­der on Satur­day de­lib­er­ately blocked an­guished par­ents from get­ting ac­cess to a Moi Girls’ School dor­mi­tory where some of their daugh­ters had been burnt. Ef­forts by the par­ents, some un­con­trol­lably in­con­solable, fell on deaf years as po­lice cor­doned off the dor­mi­tory at Koome’s or­der and kept par­ents, rel­a­tives and me­dia at bay. Isn’t this be­ing overtly in­hu­man to peo­ple who have lost rel­a­tives, more so young chil­dren who bore a promis­ing fu­ture? Well, many Kenyans are won­der­ing why Koome al­lowed po­lit­i­cal fig­ures into the room but shoved off par­ents who wanted to view the re­mains of their chil­dren.

PER­HAPS

Ed­u­ca­tion CS Fred Ma­tiang’i needs a clear pic­ture of the in­jus­tice be­ing meted out on learn­ers in schools across the coun­try. Some man­agers have ig­nored strin­gent poli­cies re­gard­ing the man­age­ment of schools and have turned schools vir­tu­ally un­in­hab­it­able. Clear-cut reg­u­la­tions on the es­tab­lish­ment of board­ing schools are not be­ing fol­lowed – and Kisii county is the worst-hit.

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