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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Corridors of Power

Nairobi Woman Rep Rachel Shebesh
Nairobi Woman Rep Rachel Shebesh

Nairobi Woman Representative Rachel Shebesh is not leaving anything to chance. In what appears to be her final campaign strategy, she was seen on Thursday evening at matatau stages within the CBD paying fares of commuters to various destinations within Nairobi. The jovial Shebesh, who was not accompanied by her bodyguards, interacted freely with the passengers who were in the queues ready to board the matatus. She is seeking to defend her seat on the Jubilee Party ticket and she faces a challenge from her main rival – Esther Passaris of ODM.

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Is whoever mans the State House website asleep on the job? Well, over one month after the death of Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery, the website still has him as the CS of the powerful Interior docket. The replacement of the late CS was made only hours after his death was confirmed at the Karen Hospital.

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Services at a prestigious city private hospital could grind to a halt after nurses this week went on a go- slow. Our source at the hospital has told Corridors that two managers who were hired recently have cut nurses’ overtime pay from Sh1,500 to Sh450 per hour, a position the nurses have rejected because they say they are overworked. Two weeks ago, the management of the high-end hospital had attempted to implement the same measure, but the nurses downed their tools, forcing the management to reinstate the sum. The nurses are now questioning why management has made a U-turn on the agreements they had entered into.

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So what is happening inside a house around Civil Service staff headquarters in Hurlingham? The house is said to be around the Somalia Embassy building and is frequented by a senior government official. It is whispered that a lot of money change hands in the area, raising eyebrows on what deal could be going on. The house is also said to have so many security measures that something suspicious could be going on.

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A rich politician from Upper Eastern, who is known to campaign by inviting hundreds of villagers to eat rice in his compound, is a man under siege. The rice-eating parties have grown dull nowadays, after some people contracted diarrhoea last week. He has moved to ferrying crowds to his political rallies. Nearly everyone who attends his rallies demands money at the end of the day. This week, lorry drivers abandoned villagers they had ferried at Kangaru School, for non-payment. Things are not helped by the fact that President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto ignored him the last two times they visited the county.

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