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February 23, 2019

Corridors of Power

Is there intelligence that some judicial officers are pocketing bribes and some individuals are hell-bent on arm-twisting judges? Well, a senior official in the Executive was heard whispering that some people in the corridors of justice have been compromised. So confident was the man who tore into  the Judiciary as the weak link in the Justice chain. This comes days after Opposition chief Raila Odinga (pictured) also castigated the Judiciary as a hindrance to fighting graft. Is there something they know that the rest of Kenyans don’t?  The criticism of the bench by a prominent opposition figure has also left tongues wagging. According to the opposition man, judges and magistrates are only keen on humbling prosecutors while cleaning out suspects. The onslaught against the Judiciary has divided the opposition.

 Was the Nasa summit really aware of the letter the coalition’s chief executive officer Norman Magaya wrote to Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, asking him to consider nominating Rahab Ndambuki as his deputy? ODM secretary general Edwin Sifuna says none of the Nasa affiliates was aware of the letter until Sonko read it out. Sifuna termed the letter a Wiper affair. So who is pushing to have Ndambuki deputise Sonko?

 A vocal Jubilee leader has a new way of minting money. Yes, even if he dropped his allegedly wayward ways of making money, he can face the 2022 elections with a massive war chest. Why? Sources say he is in highly profitable business. He is said to be one of the owners of a tech application giving loans to cash-strapped Kenyans. So popular is the technology that some people say many youths are in debt after taking loans.

A governor whose reign has been dogged by corruption scandals is at it again. The man asked one of the major contractors within his administration to see him without fail. He then drove the contractor, a man who is already facing corruption charges, into a place he considered safe. He is said to have led the man into the urinal of the ‘safe house’ and asked for Sh80 million — or have his contract cancelled. It is not clear whether the man agreed to pay the bribe.

An Indian tycoon is the talk of his community. The man is involved in a vicious property dispute with a close relative. It’s whispered that the falling out has been so bitter that the disputant feared for his life. The latest allegations against the tycoon indicate he has falsified many court documents.
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