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September 26, 2017

Corridors of power

Fred Matiang'i
Fred Matiang'i

Has the no-nonsense Education CS Fred Matiang'i slowed down his momentum against examination cheats? The minister could have stepped up his focus on security matters after he was named acting Interior CS, allowing cheats loopholes to plot their way back. Many are wondering if he would manage to kill two birds with one stone as he shoulders the massive security and examinations responsibilities. Well, the tenacious CS could be facing the biggest acid test of his life: Will he live up to the spirit of his SDA compatriot CJ David Maraga?

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A section of MPs from fringe parties allied to NASA may shock the opposition coalition at the hour of most need. Some of the MPs, most of them youthful and flamboyant, have formed a caucus to push for their agenda with the government. The group is said to be recruiting a number of MPs from NASA with the aim of strengthening their bargaining power ahead of the start of official business in the bicameral House. They have already elected officials and stepped up underground campaigns to prop up the reelection of President Uhuru Kenyatta in what could put NASA into a spin a few days to the presidential rerun.

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Visiting State House appears to be the dream of a number of politicians who lost in the August 8 polls. While a visit to the House on the Hill is revered and honoured in equal measure, it doesn’t come without its own terms of reference. Indeed, several politicians are angling to catch the eye and ear of President Uhuru Kenyatta. Whenever such trips come, those who attend change tune all of a sudden. But many are asking why religious leaders often pay a courtesy call to the house of power whenever the country faces tumultuous moments.

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A syndicate of former MPs is targeting millions from fresh MPs through car loans. The cartel, that includes current but long-serving lawmakers, has been issuing flashy cars to newcomers and offering two-weeks free use packages to woo buyers. The aim is to exploit the naïvety of a number of new MPs through exorbitant car loans. One flashy new MP was overheard complaining at Parliament Buildings of the scheme and vowed that he would better continue using a taxi in the meantime before he gets money to buy a car. “This is a cartel that wants to fleece us, we know better,” he said.

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A senior Immigration official based in Washington is a worried man. The official, based at Kenya’s embassy in Washington DC, has failed two consecutive interviews as he battles for a promotion. Despite his poor performance, the official has now decided to pitch camp at Nyayo House-the Immigration headquarters.

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