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February 22, 2018

Corridors of Power

President Uhuru Kenyatta.
President Uhuru Kenyatta.

A prominent lawyer who has represented President Uhuru Kenyatta in several court cases is among 103 individuals whose title deeds to parcels of land on Woodley Estate were recently canceled by the National Land Commission. The titles for the land in and around Joseph Kang’ethe Estate were revoked after it emerged that the land was irregularly transferred to them from the now-defunct Nairobi City Council. The land was originally set aside for affordable housing for city residents but ended up in the hands of the 103 individuals who paid a premium of Sh1.1 million for each parcel.


WHO ordered for the retrieval of official vehicles allocated to National Assembly Minority leader John Mbadi and Minority Whip Junet Mohamed? Well, the Opposition legislators allegedly found themselves in the bad books of the Executive over Raila Odinga's oath. Many are now questioning how Parliament, which is supposed to be an independent body, got involved in the seizure of the vehicles and on whose instructions? Corridors have also noted the loud silence of National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi over the matter, which happened over a week ago. Are the arms of government still independent?


A number of police officers on Nairobi's Umoja Estate fond of using a Probox car are operating with impunity, collecting 'taxes' and bullying the locals. Our moles tell us that the officers do rounds of extortion on the estate and later congregate in leisure joints to brag how much they have made in a day. The locals now want Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet to either transfer or discipline them. On Sunday at Umoja 3, locals said the four police officers who normally move as a unit blatantly collected bribes and boasted that they are politically correct and no one can hold them to account for their criminal actions.


WERE Jubilee MPs gagged against reacting to NASA leader Raila Odinga's swearing-in and aftermath? Well, Corridors have learned that some powerful government operatives issued instructions to the politicians against commenting on the crackdown on NASA leaders who spearheaded the oath-taking ceremony. Only the party's top leadership in Parliament was sanctioned to discuss the issue. President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto have been silent on the issue since, despite intense debate countrywide.


IS something fishy going on in the election petitions, many of which have been dismissed? According to our wag, the idea is to uphold most of the results and thereby sanitize the IEBC’s conduct of the last General Election. Well, some senior counsel are mourning the rate at which a number of “tight petitions” have been dismissed.


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