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January 17, 2019

Corridors of Power

Youth Cs Sicily Kariuki during an interview with The Star. Photo/Monicah Mwangi
Youth Cs Sicily Kariuki during an interview with The Star. Photo/Monicah Mwangi

 There is trouble in the Directorate of Public Health at Afya House. Sources told Corridors that staff morale is at an all-time low and services are deteriorating. Frequent cholera outbreaks are an indicator, observers say. The disquiet is linked to the disapproval of directorate leadership. A little bird whispered to Corridors that the finance department no longer honours the signature of the Director of Public Health Kepher Ombacho. In fact, Ombacho has not been on the payroll for six months. Reason? The ministry’s human resource department has refused to pay salaries to Ombacho after activist Okiya Omtatah moved to court to challenge the extension of his tenure. He attained the mandatory retirement age in 2017. Maybe CS Sicily Kariuki should intervene first.

 Did a popular Nyanza governor switch off his phone to evade police investigators over corruption-related cases in his county? Well, Corridors has learnt that the governor, who is under investigation, feared on Thursday last week that sleuths from Nairobi were trailing him and he would be made to spend the weekend in police custody awaiting court on Monday. In trying to evade arrest, the governor switched off all his cell phones and left for a secret location with one of his relatives using a friend’s vehicle. None of his close allies knows where he spent the weekend. The governor has been on panic mode since EACC chief executive Halakhe Waqo revealed plans to arrest three governors in the ongoing anti-graft purge.

 Have President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto shifted their operations in Nairobi to Senator Johnson Sakaja? For two weekends now, the two have sent their harambee contributions to churches through the senator. They also appear to have entrusted him with engaging local and international groups in relation to national and county issues. In addition, there is word that Ruto has silently drafted Sakaja to his team as the key pointman in Nairobi for the 2022 campaigns once the time comes. Where does this leave Governor Mike Sonko? That is the question in all the minds of political pundits.

 was Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet at the weekend in breach of the Public Officers Ethics Act when he participated in a harambee at AIC Lang’ata? The police boss was seen handing over a wad of notes to Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja, despite the law barring public officers from participating in such events. Section 13 of the Act bars public officers from using their offices to collect or promote harambees as that undermines their offices.
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