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September 21, 2018

Corridors of Power

ODM leader Raila Odinga. /COURTESY
ODM leader Raila Odinga. /COURTESY

Did Raila Odinga come to the rescue of Nairobi governor Mike Sonko who was facing imminent impeachment? Some MCAs were heard discussing along City Hall corridors how their party boss ‘forgave’ the governor. In reward, it is reported that the MCAs could be headed to the Coast for a ‘bonding’ session. The MCAs had been plotting since Monday to remove Sonko. An MCA said they were fed up with the governor's 'unbecoming habit' of threatening, recording and setting them up with anti-corruption detectives who have pounced on a number of City Hall staff and an MCA.

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What exactly is happening at the Kenya Forest Service? A small bird yesterday whispered to Corridors that only Environment CS Keriako Tobiko, PS Susan Mochache, KFS board chairman Peter Kinyua and acting chief conservator Monica Kalenda are set to preside over a graduation ceremony at Londiani college in Kericho county. This has never happened since the establishment KFS as heads of departments and support staff have been attending such occasions. Not even lunch will be served during the short and low profile ceremony. Is KFS broke or are these austerity measures?

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 A manager of a parastatal currently under investigation is in panic. Reason? The man, who has recently acquired massive wealth and built a multimillion-shilling house months after appointment, has been dishing out money to brokers and his ‘informers’ to know when he is likely to be nabbed by investigators. So paranoid is the manager that he has been sending his aide with his mobile phone in opposite directions on Fridays to avoid possible arrest. Detectives have the last two months been summoning and interrogating employees in the parastatal and are expected to prefer charges against some senior officials.

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Something is going on between a former senior official in the Ministry of ICT and a politician from Western. The two have been spotted on several occasions at city hotels and those in the know suspect they could be scheming to cover up past misdeeds.The former official is said to be on the radar of EACC and DCI for creating fake companies and accounts which he used to siphon public money.

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