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November 15, 2018

Corridors of Power

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, in this photograph received via the BBC, in her Maidenhead constituency in Britain January 6, 2018. /REUTERS
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, in this photograph received via the BBC, in her Maidenhead constituency in Britain January 6, 2018. /REUTERS
Did Theresa May (pictured), the British Prime Minister due in the country for the first time, tell her officials in Nairobi that she does not want to meet her citizens and other high-profile Kenyans during her visit? Ordinarily, a person of her stature will make efforts to meet as many people as possible. But we hear the leader of the Conservatives wants to only perform the official business then leave.

 YOU could be wrong to imagine it is premature to talk about 2022 succession politics. Well, in Kenya, where politics is part of our daily staple, the art of the impossible career is a cyclic process, year-round. In Mombasa county it is definitely no different as you would find out. County assembly speaker Arub Khatri, a close ally of Governor Hassan Joho, is full-blown with 2022 campaigns in what has set tongues wagging. He has rolled out campaign posters for his 2022 governor bid. The posters, which are dominantly in shops’ walls in Old Town, capture Khatri dropping the speaker’s ceremonial wig and robes. Isn’t this blatant violation of the election laws?

 STILL on politics, a politician from Western who has been bragging about his wealth and splashing wads of notes all over has gone into hibernation. Sadly, fortunes are fast changing for the flamboyant MP positioning himself to succeed Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya in 2022. The lawmaker, obsessed with holding high-flying harambees has retreated from the public limelight and trimmed down his extravagant lifestyle. He has also reduced his social drinking sprees with beauties synonymous with his nocturnal rendez vous. Does this signal tough times ahead for the politician said to have run broke owing to huge cash demands for a governor aspirant? The MP nowadays operates in peripheral city estates.

 Kenyans have been struck with Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa’s operations in the last few days. The leader of the defunct New Ford Kenya has been making public pronouncements that conflict the position of the government he serves, sparking concerns on what could be his mission. The Cabinet is strictly bound to the rule of collective responsibility. However the CS, whose dalliance with opposition leaders Moses Wetang’ula and Musalia Mudavadi is blossoming, has left many Kenyans guessing. While addressing governors in Makueni on Monday, Wamalwa was blunt when he said the ongoing anti-graft war is an unnecessary drama, citing “Friday night raids and opinion polls”. Does this mean that the CS is at odds with the government policy on the war on corruption? Has Wamalwa sensed an imminent purge from Cabinet? Time will tell.
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