Corridors of Power
The good news that civil servants will get a hefty pay increase has not gone down well with some members of the Union of Kenya Civil Servants. A section of the members are now accusing one of the union's top officials of corruption, high-handedness and engaging in political campaigns which is contrary to the union's constitution. The members — including some ex-officials — claim the man has unilaterally and without consultation withdrawn a collective bargaining agreement case which is pending before the Industrial Court. He is accused of influencing arbitrary transfers and unwarranted disciplinary proceedings against some members.
The Embakasi Garrison Secondary School management is smarting from a Sh200,000 bouncing cheque given by a top civic leader during a harambee at the school last September 9. By the cheque, a copy of which our moles have given to The Corridors, the amount was to be drawn from the leader's Equity Bank account. Promises by the civic chief to issue another "good cheque" have not been kept and he has gone quiet despite reminders by the school.
Politicians have come up with innovative ways to circumvent the law which bars them — and all of those aspiring for political office — from participating in harambees eight months before the election date slated for March 4. A minister who recently lost a relative visited the home and left a brown envelope stuffed with wads of notes; another has been sending his mother or wife to give to harambees saying the contribution is "from my family" and not his personal donation. In all this, their rivals and agents have armed themselves with cameras — video and still — to record the events and hopefully catch them in breach of the law which will form the basis for a petition if they win the seats!