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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Corridors of power

Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho
Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho
YESTERDAY we told you of reports doing the rounds in town to the effect that Deputy President William Ruto had bought the 680 Hotel at Sh3 billion. His office has now told us that the reports are not true the DP can account for all his wealth.
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IT is no secret that some individuals are not yet done with teaching embattled Mombasa Governor Ali Joho a lesson. Word has it that they are going the extra miles to ensure the 'Simba Sultan' is caged. Informers have confided that two top government officials went to Kampala, Uganda, to pursue Joho's 'fake' degree case. The two are a top DCI officer and a State House operative. However, it is said so far they haven't found what they are looking for.
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A deputy governor from Nyanza has turned a high-end hotel in Nairobi into his home after breaking up with his model wife. The man, known to have deep pockets, allegedly deserted his home a month ago after he busted his wife with a member of the county assembly at a cheap hotel in a local town. The wife, a businesswoman, had travelled to Nairobi for business deals for a week, but sneaked into the local town without informing her husband that she had travelled home. The deputy county boss was on his own errands at the hotel and became suspicious after the MCA walked into an area twice in panic mode after spotting him. The DG, who had heard rumours about his wife's adulterous ways, walked into the reception only to bounce into his better half, picking up the keys for the assignation room.
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A member of Parliament from Nyanza has of late been frequently spotted lonely and in deep thought within the corridors of the House. The MP, who faces an uphill task in his reelection bid after he severed links with ODM party officials, has been endearing himself to Orange House, but to no avail. The flamboyant youthful lawmaker is often to be seen seated alone in the Chamber, eating alone in the restaurant and even walking alone in the corridors of the House. Matters got worse when his closest challenger was allegedly seen at a dinner with ODM leader Raila Odinga at a high-end hotel in Nairobi. His dilemma is whether to go the whole hog for the race or quit very early to avert the embarrassment that surely awaits him at the ballot.
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A senior officer in the Executive with a series of nicknames to define his assorted character and activities is said to tour business premises at very odd and ungodly hours of the night. It is said officials decided to cut deals in the wee hours after realising that some individuals were too keen and pursuing him to pry into his business. Word has it that he was recently spotted visiting a couple of places such as a mall, a hotel, properties and a matatu sacco, among others, to exploit business opportunities.
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THE campaign mood and momentum for the August 8 polls are already seeing aspirants rolling out their posters and banners in every corner. It is said the posters, particularly around Westlands and the Eastlands estates, Nairobi, are mounted by night. Despite the eye-catching posters everywhere, some aspirants are paying their supporters to destroy their opponents' posters in the big hunt for votes. It is as if the perpetrators do not know that they are engaging in an election malpractice, although the IEBC is yet to announce the official campaign period.
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