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IS KAPSERET MP Os­car Sudi (pic­tured) build­ing or break­ing Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto in his quest to suc­ceed Pres­i­dent Uhuru

Keny­atta in 2022? Well, some of the close al­lies of the DP are of the opin­ion that the law­maker means no good to his pres­i­den­tial bid. Cor­ri­dors on Wed­nes­day over­heard a con­ver­sa­tion among some of Ruto’s close al­lies cas­ti­gat­ing Sudi’s ‘loose mouth’. They claimed the vo­cal law­maker has be­come more of a li­a­bil­ity to Ruto. The al­lies now want the DP to ‘de­con­gest’ the space around him and send pack­ing the likes of Sudi or else he will have a hard time as­cend­ing to the coun­try’s top job.

IS A SE­NIOR ODM of­fi­cial putting up a mul­ti­mil­lion-shilling 2022 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign sec­re­tariat in Nairobi? A lit­tle bird whis­pered to Cor­ri­dors that the man is keen on run­ning for Pres­i­dent in 2022 as his boss re­mains un­clear on his quest. Whether he will put up a spir­ited fight for the party’s ticket or whether he is just his boss’s stooge will be known in due course. How­ever, other peo­ple think he could be po­si­tion­ing him­self to be a run­ning mate of an­other se­nior politi­cian who has al­ready been putting his best foot for­ward for the big seat in the next elec­tion.

PO­LICE OF­FI­CERS IN one of the sta­tions in Nairobi’s East­lands are still grap­pling with the new norm. This fol­lows the re­cent launch of a dig­i­tal oc­cur­rence book (OB) that en­sures that all en­tries made are a per­ma­nent record that can­not be edited, thereby guar­an­tee­ing trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity in po­lice op­er­a­tions at the sta­tion level. The of­fi­cers are strug­gling to adapt to the new way of book­ing sus­pects un­der the new sys­tem. Some were over­heard com­plain­ing about the new sys­tem, say­ing it had dis­rupted their earn­ings and are, there­fore, or­gan­is­ing how to beat the sys­tem or else “njaa itatuua (hunger will kill us)”.

A GOVERNOR FROM one of the coastal coun­ties is said to have fallen out with his county sec­re­tary over the han­dling of a graft mat­ter in the de­volved unit. Word has it that the county sec­re­tary handed con­fi­den­tial doc­u­ments to Ethics and Anti-cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion sleuths. The de­tec­tives have been in­ves­ti­gat­ing claims of fraud in the county. The county sec­re­tary is said to have made the move with­out in­form­ing his boss, a mat­ter that got on the governor’s nerves. The county boss is said to have com­pletely side­lined the county sec­re­tary and is not giv­ing him any as­sign­ments of late. A source told Cor­ri­dors that the governor can­not sack the county sec­re­tary be­cause the man has too much in­for­ma­tion on the way the de­volved unit has been op­er­at­ing. Sack­ing him would come with con­se­quences that are bet­ter imag­ined than ex­pe­ri­enced.

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