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November 16, 2018

Corridors

Auma Obama.
Auma Obama.

After former US President Barack Obama's visit, some political leaders from Siaya are still angry at Obama's half-sister Auma. One MP yesterday said the region's leaders will seek audience with Obama himself and will not go through his sister. “ Auma thinks she is like Jesus Christ whom you have to go through before you get to the Father! We won’t involve her in anything. When Obama was here, she blocked some of us from talking to him. We know our way out and will seek audience with him without her,” a Siaya MP told a friend.

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Two Sports ministry officials were overheard in a Nairobi Hotel boasting that they recently snubbed a sports event at Mathare Youth Sports Association headquarters on Kangundo Road. The event organised by the Kenya Table Tennis Association was receiving 50 tables from the Japanese government. The programme aims at empowering 5,000 girls below the ages of 12. However, no official from the Sports ministry showed up to receive the tables from the senior Japanese embassy officials, led by the First Secretary. The sports officials went on to boast of how they could not have benefited in any way from the event and therefore snubbed it. “An event for small girls can’t put money in your pocket. Plus this was an embassy thing - we could not have eaten anything from it".

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A first-term MP has made a hasty retreat from a group associated with Deputy President William Ruto, a move that has elicited debate among MPs in the the DP's inner circle. The lawmaker was a leading critic of the DP and President Uhuru Kenyatta ahead of the 2017 election. The lawmaker no longer accompanies the DP to weekend functions as was the case immediately after the March handshake between Uhuru and opposition chief Raila Odinga. Corridors' mole on Sunday overheard some MPs allied to the DP blaming the retreat to pressure from some powerful quarters to isolate Ruto ahead of 2022.

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One of the county bosses whose election is the subject of an appeal is unhappy with his party. He learnt of a plot to have him step aside from defending his position – in case he loses the appeal - to allow the party to nominate another strong candidate to face-off with the opponent whose popularity is growing by the day. The party is keen on retaining the seat but is afraid  the embattled county boss is not strong enough to match his opponent hence the decision to have him step aside. But the Governor, Corridors has learnt, does not want to hear any such proposal and has vowed to disappoint the party for the first time if and when the table the proposal to him.

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