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November 16, 2018

Corridors of Power

Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter.
Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter.

IS a plot afoot to deny outspoken Alfred Keter the JP ticket in the Nandi Hills by-election? Word has it that some top Jubilee lieutenants are scheming to end his political career for being a thorn in the flesh of the party's leadership. The plot was made even clearer over the weekend, when the same operatives hinted at the plan in different public functions. The plot puts Keter's political future at stake and many are wondering whether he will still gallantly fight for the JP ticket or shift to Kanu to disprove his detractors by reclaiming the seat.  

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A top official in the Executive is the talk of the town after acquiring a series of hotels but it seems he is not done yet. Corridors has it that the man, whose appetite to amass hotels has shocked many people, is said to be eying more. Here is how the routine works. Before he buys any asset, he conducts a thorough night tour of the property. Staff in one of the top hotels in Mombasa told Corridors that the combative warrior has set his eyes on a high-end hotel along the Mombasa-Malindi Road at a whopping Sh2.5 billion. This was after he bought another beach hotel from another investor of Indian extraction in Diani, on the South Coast, in 2015. A few days ago he reportedly acquired more land in Donholm, Nairobi. Land sharks beware.

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WORD has it that some ODM supporters and residents of Embakasi East are happy with the nullification of Babu Owino's election. The ODM supporters want the party to field former MP John Ogutu Omondi to contest for the seat and lock out Babu on integrity issues such as allegedly assaulting night guards in Westlands and his numerous court cases. Some of his constituents were heard lamenting that Babu has been busy politicking since he assumed office. No bursaries have been issued, they complain, and Babu has no functioning office.  On the other hand, Jubilee flagbearer Francis Mureithi is reportedly afraid of contesting for fear of losing to an ODM candidate.

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THE heavy rains in the country have opened the eyes of some citizens to the truth of some of the Jubilee projects contained in its online delivery portal. A fuming Mt Kenya resident took to social media to decry the state of dilapidated roads listed as done on the portal. The resident singled out the 6-km Kieni Kia Ndege-Maraa road, in South Imenti, Meru County, believed to have consumed Sh324.5 million, and another two roads in similar condition that cost Sh325 million, according to the portal.

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