POLITICAL GOSSIP

MCA receives Sh150K from executive, claims he doesn't know why

The executive has been accused of bribing members of the county assembly to look the other way as money is embezzled.

In Summary
  • A former legislator, who was rewarded with a state job after losing an election, seems to be so conformable with his work that he no longer harbours any interest in politics. 
  • A Jubilee honcho from Central is a troubled man. The MP had hoped to run for a senatorial seat next year but his hopes have been vanquished.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters in Nairobi.
DCI: The Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters in Nairobi.
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How can a leader receive money then claim he does not know what it is meant for? A ward representative from a county in Nyanza shocked residents when he admitted that he received Sh150,000 from the executive but did not know why he was given the money. For some time now, the county has been put on the spot over allegations of corruption and claims that the executive has been bribing MCAs to look the other way as money is embezzled. Officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations are already looking into claims of theft and misappropriation of public funds.

A former legislator, who was rewarded with a state job after losing an election, seems to be so conformable with his work that he no longer harbours any interest in politics. Locals have even approached the ex-lawmaker and asked him to return to politics in 2022, but he turned down their request. The former MP insists that he is comfortable with the work he is doing and sees no chance of making a political comeback. He even has nice words for the person who replaced him. According to him, the current legislator is doing a wonderful job and should be given a chance to continue serving the people.

A Jubilee honcho from Central is a troubled man. The MP had hoped to run for a senatorial seat next year but his hopes have been vanquished. A university don, who had declared interest in his parliamentary seat, is causing him sleepless nights in his constituency. Worse still, the current senator, who had indicated running for the governor's seat in 2022, has changed his mind and opted to defend his seat. With the twin political assault directed his way, the MP could have crossed the Rubicon and burnt his boots. He is now staring at being thrown into the political cold after the next election unless a political miracle happens between now and the election date. Things are so thick that he is nowadays leading a lonely and isolated lifestyle.

A senior government official from Nyanza is now the talk of his peers over the extreme levels he has taken in his cost-cutting measures. The official will do the unthinkable just to avoid spending his money, especially during this period that the Covid-19 crisis has hurt various sectors of the economy. The man, who is known to have a snake in his pocket, will never spend cash to visit his rural home. To achieve that, he organises an official assignment to the area to have all his expenses, including accommodation and transport, catered for by the taxpayers. Indeed, tough times call for tough measures.