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January 17, 2019

Corridors of Power

Suba North MP Millie Odhiambo
Suba North MP Millie Odhiambo

*What is going on in Homa Bay? Two MPs — Millie Odhiambo and Peter Kaluma — have complained that rumours of corruption in the county are becoming louder every passing day. They claim that a member of the executive has in fact told them funds are being fleeced by an unnamed cartel of four. Kaluma says even some members of the county assembly have joined the gravy train and so will not see, hear, say or act on any evil even where there is glaring evidence in some cases. The two leaders, Corridors has learnt, are now planning to ask EACC why it has not acted on evidence already forwarded to it. They are also asking the Senate whose mandate it is to oversight the counties to step in. 


*Corridors is reliably informed that some of the people suspected to be behind the new National Youth Service scam are working hard to destroy the evidence linking them. Investigators tell us that some of them have tried to hide documents and even made attempts to compromise the investigating officers who have stood their ground. Those in the know tell us that the investigations have reached zero hours and could be closed in a matter of days. We are told the investigators, working closely with the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji, are determined to put together a watertight case — this time round. 


*Is the EACC narrowing the net around two major cases? Word has it that the anti-corruption agency is about to dispatch to the DPP files touching on some two high profile men. It is not clear who the people are and charges they are likely to face but sources say they are substantial. 


That Governor Mike Sonko is under pressure is not a secret. What is, however, is what functionaries in the presidency could be planning without his knowledge. Some people close to the the establishment are said to be planning ways of taking over key functions of the county and handing them to other government agencies. It is not clear whether the President is aware of the moves but those behind plans are powerful and believe their actions will “save” Sonko. 


Still on matters Sonko, we are told that Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko is unapologetic for the protocol breach at last Saturday’s launch of the national tree planning exercise at Moi Forces Academy. The CS, we are told, believes that the governor is not to be taken seriously. Tobiko skipped Sonko on the programme and proceeded to invite the DP William Ruto to speak and introduce the President.










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