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Friday, July 28, 2017

Corridors of Power

Nairobi Woman Rep Rachel Shebesh. /FILE
Nairobi Woman Rep Rachel Shebesh. /FILE

That Mike Sonko is campaigning to be elected Nairobi governor is no secret. What has so far remained secret is the infighting in Team SSS, with the Senator and Rachel Shebesh (pictured) said to be at daggers drawn. Shebesh is defending her seat as woman representative. We are told by some Nairobi politicians that whereas in public Sonko has wanted to be seen to be working with Shebesh, his team is doing all it can to ensure that she does not win. In fact, they claim Sonko is quietly helping ODM’s Esther Passaris!

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Did the UhuRuto administration intend to buy police loyalty by awarding them improved terms from July 1, a jump ahead of the August 8 polls? Well, the police have been living in poor conditions for the last four-and-a-half years President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto have been in power. First, since 2012, two subsequent administrations have not increased their salaries. Second, the SRC has not approved the new terms leaked recently on social media by operatives at OP. Third, the government has been reluctant to pay the insurance company that caters for their medical scheme, despite celebrating the deal loudly on media platforms. During the merger of Jubilee affiliates, a number of officers sneezed when the DP named it as part of the Jubilee administration’s success stories. It has been hard for them to form a union and they suffer in silence. NASA, on the other hand, has been categorical that It will rapidly increase their salaries and improve their terms.

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A parliamentary candidate from Kitutu Chache South shocked his constituents when he started celebrating early victory, claiming the death of his opponent, Leonard Mwamba of JP, would guarantee him victory. The candidate told his friends that Mwamba’s death has presented to him a definite chance to win the August 8 poll in which he admitted chances of victory for him had been remote. “It is now a walkover, I swear, it is a finished business for me,” the aspirant bragged, oblivious of the pain the death of the aspirant had caused the grieving family following the tragic accident.

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A woman MCA aspirant in Nairobi on one of the main political parties in the August 8 General Election is in danger of being struck off the list of candidates by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission. This is after it was confirmed she presented a fake KCSE certificate to her sponsor party and to the electoral agency. The woman is said to have dropped out of school in form one and could be charged in court by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations as a candidate culpable for an offence of forgery.


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