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September 24, 2018

Corridors of Power

NASA leader Raila Odinga. /FILE
NASA leader Raila Odinga. /FILE

HAS NASA leader Raila Odinga changed his mind about the fundraising mode popularly known as Harambee? The Opposition chief, who has been consistently critical of harambees exploited by former President Daniel arap Moi and emulated by Deputy President William Ruto, surprised supporters on Sunday when he attended a Rongai church harambee and coughed up a huge contribution. One Wiper MP was heard yesterday wondering aloud what might have changed Raila's anti-Harambee stance.

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A top official at the Office of the President was heard telling his friends — top CEOS and directors — at the Muthaiga Golf Club during the Kenya Open that government intimidation no longer works against the current generation. The man, in his 50s, said the best thing to have happened to the Jubilee administration is NASA chief Raila Odinga accepting to work with President Uhuru Kenyatta. The official, who voiced his bitterness against Cambridge Analytica for taking credit following the last polls, said, “It is a complicated series of a generation who cannot easily be swayed by propaganda and they know much.” He said a number of Cambridge Analytica tactics fell flat on their faces. 

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JUST who is the ghost junior law clerk calling the shots in City Hall's legal department?  Officers in the department, including senior advocates, say the officer has been bragging in City Hall corridors, calling herself an advocate. She has attended at least six forums abroad this year, including a recent lawyers’ forum held in Tanzania. She decides which officers in the department attend various forums and workshops. A mole tells Corridors the officer is a close friend of a senior officer in the department. The employees in the department are now calling on Governor Mike Sonko to intervene.

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KISUMU residents are now demanding that Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet come to their aid before they are killed by private gun owners, who are allegedly misusing their weapons. In the past three months, a number of private gun holders have been on the spot for brandishing their weapons at the slightest provocation, especially in social joints. Just last month, a senior Kisumu county official was on the spot after he pointed a loaded Ceska pistol at a colleague over a small disagreement. Yesterday, an MP from Siaya county threatened to shoot a man he accused of testifying against him during a court petition challenging his win. The MP is said to have alighted from his car with his pistol pointed at the helpless man, attracting a huge crowd in the city. The residents now want Boinnet to act, claiming that the private firearms are being used to settle even minor scores.

 

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