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September 25, 2018

Corridors of power

NASA leader Raila Odinga.
NASA leader Raila Odinga.

IS the era of MPs living in fear of 'Mr Speaker Sir' back? Well, since the last election and subsequent swearing-in of legislators, Corridors have learnt that a number of MPs are yet to make their maiden speeches on the floor of the House. For instance, in Kisumu county four legislators out of the nine elected are yet to speak in Parliament. The MPs - who are most vocal in funerals - first convinced their constituents that NASA was boycotting Parliament, hence their silence. But since the Harambee House handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA leader Raila Odinga, the MPs have to find new excuses for their sewn lips.

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SOME politicians from Bungoma and Trans Nzoia are a happy lot. Reason? Word has it the politicians, who vowed not to back ODM leader Raila Odinga's bid for the top seat in the land, are laughing at Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang'ula after he lost the Senate Minority role. The politicians were overheard, during the weekend, whispering sympathies for the senator, but at the same time mocking him for not heeding their earlier warning not to team up with Raila. The Jubilee-allied politicians have loudly called for Weta to join Jubilee: Or rather follow Raila to work with Jubilee!     

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So, why is Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko holding on to the KPMG report he was handed last week? A bird whispers to Corridors that there can only be two reasons why he has not released the report to the public. Either the boss wants to use the report's findings to negotiate with the culprits, or he is waiting for them to come and confess their sins and pledge their loyalty. Either way, the outcome is likely to be compromised. A source tells Corridors that emissaries of the current and former finance departments at the weekend exchanged notes on the contents of the audit.

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A former MP from Nyanza who lost a gubernatorial petition has been hospitalised in what is seen as a post-petition loss complication. The ex-lawmaker was stunned when his appeal application was rejected by a superior court last week, throwing his political ambitions into disarray. A close relative whispered to Corridors that the night after the rejection of the appeal, the former MP was rushed to a local middle-level hospital where his condition was stabilised before he was driven in an ambulance to a high-end Nairobi hospital. The politician was said to have been banking on the success of the appeal to resuscitate his political career that has been on the line for some time.  The politician is also said to be heavily mortgaged with auctioneers on his trail.

 

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