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February 22, 2018

Corridors of Power

Suna East MP Mohamed Junet. / FILE
Suna East MP Mohamed Junet. / FILE

Two days after Suna East MP Mohamed Junet told the National Assembly that ODM will retain Raila Odinga’s brother Oburu Oginga in the list of nominees to the East Africa Legislative Assembly, a section of ODM legislators are very unhappy with the decision. They believe, in all fairness, the position should be given to someone outside the Odinga family. The MPs, who were having a drink at a hotel not far from Parliament, were overheard saying they will “have to do everything possible” to persuade Oburu not to apply for the position.


Does Jubilee lack better legal tacticians to advise them on how to scuttle NASA’s ever-changing political strategies? Many people, including NASA leaders, political analysts and lawyers, are wondering why the Jubilee leadership is taking the opposition’s formation of People's Assemblies so casually, even equating them to mere Bunge la Wananchi. The critics have been heard severally warning Jubilee not to wish away the proposed assemblies in the NASA-controlled counties without looking at the impending dire consequences. One of the critics warned, “I see some mocking and laughing at this new buzzword ‘people's assemblies’. Read and understand what the end game is and how it was applied in Nepal, Greece, Spain, Tunisia, Egypt, and Burkina Faso. It is the basic condition of revolutionary democracy. It is serious stuff.”


Who is fronting the Kenya National Union of Teachers Nyeri branch officials to push for the speedy swearing in of deputy governor Mutahi Kahiga as the county's fourth governor? The top seat was left vacant after the death of Governor Wahome Gakuru, but leaders of the teachers' union are now demanding that Kahiga be sworn in without hesitation. Kahiga was former Knut executive secretary in the county and commanded huge support within the teaching fraternity. The officials' threat to hold peaceful protests if 'one of our own' is not sworn into the high office has received criticism by Kenyans who argue that the family should be given time to mourn and bury the late county chief, who commanded respect countrywide.


A former ODM legislator from Nyanza who lost his seat due to his close association with Jubilee and President Uhuru Kenyatta, Corridors has learnt, is cursing the decision by the IEBC not to hold the repeat presidential election in the four Nyanza counties. The lawmaker had successfully drawn up a handsome budget to ensure at least each constituency voted in the rescheduled exercise after IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati called off the polls, following a spate of violent demonstration on October 26. Had the four counties been given another chance to vote, the MP would have pocketed a cool Sh50 million.

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