Corridors of Power
An MP from Rift Valley who is considered close to Eldoret North MP William Ruto was overheard saying that he was ready to ditch Ruto's United Republican Party and rejoin Prime Minister Raila's Orange party if the PM appoints him as the Local government minister. The ministry is presently being headed by Regional Development minister Fred Gumo in an acting capacity. The MP is offering to launch a robust campaign for the PM in Rift Valley if he is given the ministerial flag. The region is presently perceived to be pro Ruto stronghold.
A Chinese firm which recently undertook the construction of high-end flats in an upmarket estate in Nairobi has found itself in trouble with the tax-man. Our moles tell us the construction company which has been around for over 30 years allegedly overcharged for project by more than 100 percent thereby raising the eyebrows of the Kenya Revenue Authority. The tax-man is now probing the officials of the firm who have been bragging that their 'serious' connections in government will ensure they do not pay any taxes.
A group of MPs who had traveled to Ndhiwa over the weekend for the burial of late internal security assistant minister Orwa Ojodeh decided to head back to Kisumu after the burial. The ten lot so MPs were spotted at a popular Kisumu night club drowning their sorrows until the wee hours of the morning. One of the MPs was so overcome that he missed his flight to Nairobi on Monday morning and had to travel back to the city by road.
Former Makadara MP Reuben Ndolo's leisurely Sunday lunch at an eatery along Lusaka road was interrupted when some overenthusiastic football fans headed to the Nyayo Stadium for the Gor Mahia-Tusker match spotted him. The fans gatecrashed the venue shouting 'De Mabior ODM!' Ndolo managed to calm them down by giving them some money before they left.