Skip to main content
November 19, 2018

Corridors of power

Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich. /File
Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich. /File

WHY did National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich (pictured) change his statement yesterday? We are told that senior people in government were unhappy with the minister for “making reckless statements” that were likely to shake the confidence of investors.  The previous day, Rotich had asked Senators to approve his recommendation to slash the counties' budget and that he was also going to announce wide-ranging cost-cutting measures across government. But those in the know whisper to Corridors that the remarks did not go down well with some senior people in government. 

*****

CAN'T the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and DPP use the Auditor General's report to swing into action against those who swindle the public out of billions? Well, this was the subject of discussion of some lawyers as recruitment for the next DPP kicked off yesterday. In his report Edward Ouko has, for instance, categorically stated that records of the purchase of police footwear were falsified at Police Headquarters in Nairobi. The Auditor General described the shoes being used by the cops as pathetic. At the DCI, millions of shillings collected from certificates of good conduct are missing. Is His Worship Eliud Wabukala listening to these frustrated Kenyans?

*****

A governor from Western Kenya known for his love of dancehalls — which has exposed him to online ridicule from his constituents — has now changed tack. He used to frequent a popular joint in Kisumu but has relocated to Nairobi, where he flies to every Friday evening for a whole weekend. Our mole intimates that the governor decided on Nairobi after realising his opponents were sending some people to monitor his movements and record videos of him enjoying the good life.

*****

THE management of a well-established hotel in Nyanza is reeling from shock after two County Executive Committee members locked in a steamy love affair left them with unpaid bills, including lodging fees. It’s whispered that the two lovebirds now frequent Nairobi, much to the chagrin of the hotel management. So strong is the love affair that even in Cabinet meetings, they sit next to each other occasionally smiling. Sources whisper to Corridors that the hotel has been pushing for what is due but the man has been pleading for more time, saying the government is yet to disburse funds for “recurrent expenditure”. Indeed.

*****

AN influential Jubilee MP's law firm has been put on the spot for failure to pay up millions to a client it represented in an election petition almost 10 years ago. The amount was part of the suit costs awarded to the client. The man is known to display affluence wherever he goes.

Poll of the day