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September 24, 2018

Corridors of Power

President Uhuru Kenyatta. /FILE
President Uhuru Kenyatta. /FILE

Was the exit of three IEBC commissioners related to the politics of the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ex-PM Raila Odinga? Well, a small bird yesterday overheard some NASA MPs who were doing a postmortem of the exit and the handshake arguing that the resignations were meant to frustrate the unity deal. The MPs wondered how the exit coincided with the hot debate on a proposed referendum to expand the executive to accommodate some opposition leaders in the spirit of national inclusivity. According to the MPs, the departure of the commissioners was engineered by a powerful government official who is opposed to the creation of additional offices. IEBC is mandated to oversee any referendum.

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It is now clear why tempers were rising in the Ruguru MCA by elections in Mathira leading to the now infamous slapping of a female observer. The Jubilee candidate, Erastus Karanja, barely scraped through with 4270 votes against Maendeleo Chap Chap's JS Ndegwa's 3938 votes. Pundits are of the view that what saved the day for the Jubilee candidate was that Governor Alfred Mutua announced his Presidential bid while campaigning for his candidate, while Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria moved in to campaign for the Jubilee candidate in a two-day last minute pitch making the poll a Kuria-Mutua campaign which the former finally won.

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A county commissioner from one of the counties in Nyanza could face the axe soon if he fails to curb illicit brews in his area. The commissioner who has been under siege from political leaders from the area for abetting brewing of illegal brews has been warned by a senior Interior ministry official to shape up or ship out. Corridors of Power is aware that the commissioner to Harambee House last week where he received a dress down. The commissioner has been staging cosmetic crackdowns against illicit brews during the day but sending his proxies at night to collect kickbacks. His days are now numbered.

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An opposition-allied MCA from Embakasi East constituency is reportedly planning to decamp to Jubilee in anticipation of a by-election should the Court of Appeal uphold the High Court’s nullification of the election of area MP Babu Owino. The NASA MCA has reportedly been in contact with the ruling party with the hope of receiving endorsement to fly the party flag in case of a mini-election. Does it mean that money could have exchanged hands to lure one of the most loyal opposition politicians from the area? Well, the talk in town is that the MCA could have pocketed a tidy sum of money ahead of the impending crossover.

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