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April 19, 2018

Corridors of power

Ezra Chiloba
Ezra Chiloba

 Trouble seems to be courting embattled IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba effortlessly. Corridors has learnt that Chiloba, on receiving an email from a Nairobi-based journalist who was following up on a tip that IEBC was allegedly destroying election data. He sent an inquiry to the CEO who simply responded to the scribe's queries: "that is BS****".

The journalist then filed a complaint with the MCK and the Ombudsman's office, to the effect that Chiloba's response contained curse words which is not expected of public officers. The journalist complains that Chiloba's response fell “short of Kenya's national values and principles of governance, and is also a slap on the face of independent journalism". Both the Ombudsman and Media Council of Kenya are now seized of the matter.

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Is a Luo MP’s effort to position MPs to succeed Raila Odinga hitting a snag? The seasoned politician thought that the handshake spelled a death sentence to Raila’s presidential bid but has been surprised with the turn of events. May be it is because of the flurry of activities in the recent past that has sparked speculation that Raila could run again in 2022. But the MP was overheard telling a colleague along the corridors of Parliament that politicians thriving on Raila’s shadows could have pushed ‘Jakom’ to change his mind. “I sympathize with some people who think will forever hang on Raila to re-elected,” the MP said.  

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An influential governor from Western Kenya could soon find himself in a messy procurement scandal after he allegedly authorised the county procurement department to award a contract for the construction of a 5KM feeder road in his home ward to his younger brother. The county chief, fond of bulldozing decisions, is said to be courting trouble after falling out with one of the procurement officers. The procurement officer, who has threatened to spill the beans to his political opponents, is on suspension over an unrelated matter.

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Some police officers need to be retrained on how to handle firearms or tamed by their bosses from totting their guns in public. An unknown number of police officers arrived in several cars at a prominent Westlands building for an unknown deal. The officers took strategic positions at the populated facility causing fear and panic among the tenants and the clients as they brandished guns. They were heavily armed and had allegedly come to ambush a number of foreigners who were holding laptops, Ipads and a number of unknown gadgets. Those who arrived in a new Subaru with double exhaust pipes could not stop showing off their pistols and guns to innocent civilians. That’s an unprofessional display of might, don’t you think bwana IG?

 

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