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February 22, 2018

Corridors of Power

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta.
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta.

WHAT happened to First Lady Margaret Kenyatta's "Beyond Zero" programme? Some women leaders who worked with her were overheard discussing how the gracious Margaret had abandoned the initiatives that defined her first term and won women’s support for the reelection of her husband. They were complaining that, of late, the First Lady is only interested in attending high-end events, unlike the image she created while visiting the poor during the campaign period last year.


A chairperson of a lucrative parastatal in the tourism sector has panicked after learning that President Uhuru Kenyatta may not renew his tenure when it comes to an end in April. It is understood that State House aides compiling the list of heavyweights to be considered for appointment as heads of parastatals and government agencies have forewarned him that he has fallen out of favour with the appointing authority. Frantic efforts by the politician to reach out to the President to pledge his loyalty have flopped several times after State House operatives blocked all his appointments.


ARE deputy governors plotting to lobby MPs to bring down the County Governments Amendments Bill fronted by Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen? Well, Corridors has learnt that the bill was the subject of chats by a number of deputy governors during their two-day forum in Naivasha last week. The DGs are specifically unhappy with a section barring them from acting as governors for 60 days in case their bosses die while in office. The DGs are considering setting up an informal kitty to 'fight' the bill, which they want recalled for wider consultation.


IS lawyer Harun Ndubi a victim of a senior police officer who vowed to fix him? Well, sources whisper to Corridors that the human rights lawyer could just be a pawn in the game to get at his client – Dagoretti South MP Simba Arati.  Ndubi is representing Arati against the State in challenging the revocation of his firearm license. Some civil society members believe there is a strong push to have Arati arrested. It is not clear whether the Law Society of Kenya, already cross with the Executive over disobedience of court orders, will take a position on Ndubi's suspicious arrest.


CID officers who wielded a lot of power under Ndegwa Muhoro and were alleged to be part of criminal cartels are unhappy and keenly following the latest changes by new Director George Kinoti. A number of them who were having coffee at a city hotel over the weekend appeared to be worried. A familiar tall officer with a dark complexion who operates within Nairobi region was heard saying; “As long as we have our people in the new set-up we will always be ahead.”


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