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August 21, 2018

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DPP Keriako Tobiko gestures when he appeared before parliamentary committee to give progress on the prosecution of those involved in the pyramid schemes.Photo/Charles Kimani
DPP Keriako Tobiko gestures when he appeared before parliamentary committee to give progress on the prosecution of those involved in the pyramid schemes.Photo/Charles Kimani

 

Political machinations can be vicious and outright misleading to the public. Take for instance the Mau eviction. As it gains steam, some crafty fellows have unsuccessfully tried to stop the exercise by trying to brand Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko a beneficiary of the Mau scheme. Records in our possession however confirm that the registered owner of the Mau parcel of land that is said to belong to him is one Tobiko Mbuyok Kirako with a distinct Identity Card number from the CS. The two do not share any family relations and the CS Tobiko doesn’t own any land in any part of Narok. 

Just what did South Mugirango MP Sylvanus Osoro mean when he shouted on Thursday that it was within MPs’ right to get their share of the sugar money that was flying in Parliament? The youthful millionaire, not known to be concerned with peanuts, surprised journalists and some MPs when he loudly claimed that there was no problem with the MPs getting the money that was being distributed allegedly to shoot down the sugar report.  “What is wrong with us getting our share? I am going,” the MP retorted when asked by journalists if he was going for the ‘facilitation’ fee.

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What list was that Endebess MP Robert Pukose had when MPs scrambled for money at the new Senators’ Wing Bar on Thursday? The MP was seen marking some sheet of papers as lawmakers lined-up for some blue envelopes before retreating to the chamber. MPs moved in his direction suspiciously in groups and were seen being handed the envelope which they swiftly stashed into their pockets before happily chatting their way back to the House. Could he have anything to do with the alleged bribery claims that rocked the House before the sugar report was rejected? Just asking.

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A Jubilee MP from Central Kenya was overheard claiming that President Uhuru Kenyatta's Big Four Agenda lacked a clear implementation roadmap, raising fears that public resources could be embezzled in the process. A mole confided in Corridors that the lawmaker said some officials in various State agencies were angling to steal billions to be channeled to various Big Four projects due to inadequate accountability structures. Cartels are also said to be re-strategising how to survive under the new tendering procedures.

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A wealthy businessman in Nairobi’s Eastlands is wanted. Reason? He grabbed public land in Bahati estate meant for a public toilet. The businessman has already put up a 6-storey flat on the public land which has commercial shops at the ground floor. The man who boasts of being untouchable must be worried after officers from the multi-agency team leading demolitions visited the site this week.

 

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