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August 21, 2018

Corridors of Power

Minority leader John Mbadi addresses the press where called for an overhaul of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and recommended for the prosecution of the commissioners and secretariat/FILE
Minority leader John Mbadi addresses the press where called for an overhaul of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and recommended for the prosecution of the commissioners and secretariat/FILE
IS the Opposition in Kenya dead? Well, some civil society activists think that the question was eventually answered in Parliament yesterday. This was after John Mbadi (pictured), the leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, stood up to support suspects indicted in the importation of contraband sugar. Some activists wondered why Mbadi was more passionate and emotional in his defence of Treasury CS Henry Rotich than the ruling Jubilee Party MPs. They concluded that with the handshake, Kenya now has “a ruling opposition”. How things change!

  NOT all is well in Senate it seems. Reason? Some staff are unhappy with the latest trend where individuals are picked to travel with Speaker Kenneth Lusaka on lucrative foreign trips. They say it goes against the established tradition of picking staff on rotational basis to enable them get exposure and get ‘something’. Certain individuals, it said, are regularly on trips to the envy of the others. Corridors is informed the issue is threatening to split the staff unless something is done urgently.

 WORD has it that two senior officials of a state institution under the National Treasury are embroiled in a silent tug of war. One official is rumoured to be interested in occupying a colleague’s position. The colleague’s contract is reported to be coming to an end soon. However, the senior official who was to leave the institution is reported to have worked his way around to renew the contract. Supporters of the deputy who was angling to take over are unhappy their man is not fighting hard to ensure he ascends to the position. The man who comes from Nyanza angered a group of Kisii professionals who called him to give him tips on how to fight his boss and ensure he gets the position. The professionals say the man might be fearing to put up a fight because he and his colleague have all been involved in dubious deals.

 SPECULATION is rife in Kiambu county after it emerged the county risks losing billions of shillings in World Bank funding. According to those in the know, most of the board members of the recently formed town boards have threatened to resign over unpaid allowances. The board members are questioning why it’s taking so long for Governor Ferdinand Waititu to remit their dues yet the World Bank is funding the project. A mole whispered to Corridors of Power that the board members have had several planning meetings “but their work is not appreciated”. It  is only a matter of time before the board members hand in their resignation letters.
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