LOBBYING FOR TOP JOBS

Corridors of Power

By Political Desk

In Summary

• A senior cop who was hoping to succeed former Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett is devastated  after he was bypassed 

Hilary Mutyambai, who has been nominated by President Uhuru Kenyatta to be the next Inspector General of Police.
Boinnet successor Hilary Mutyambai, who has been nominated by President Uhuru Kenyatta to be the next Inspector General of Police.
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A senior cop who was hoping to succeed former Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet is devastated. He had started drawing up a plan on how his command structure would work.  The man also invested in new suits to prove that he was really the boss. He bragged of massive, high-level lobbying to get the lucrative position before things fell apart. He had also spent resources to reach out to anyone believed to have the President's ear.  As if lobbying were not enough, the man also hired bloggers to push his narrative on social media platforms to portray him as a performer who deserved the position. When President Uhuru Kenyatta settled on Hilary Mutyambai (pictured), he recoiled. The man has now vowed not to put any further efforts into his work, claiming he was the one holding up the service and deserved to be rewarded.

A flamboyant governor known for his random suspensions and sackings of county staff is the talk of the town. The county boss is said to have been citing flimsy grounds to expel staff. Last week, a former executive was overheard saying the governor had, on several occasions, suspended senior staff and even his close aides for wearing suits more expensive and smarter than his own.


Fear and confusion has rocked the Kenya Forest Service. This comes just days after President Uhuru Kenyatta picked Brigadier John Waweru to be the director general of Kenya Wildlife Service. Insiders who were angling for the KFS director general position fear what befell KWS could befall them. They have been banking on what they call a wealth of institutional memory and expertise in forestry matters to get the job. Some have been busy lobbying with the board before the next DG is picked. But this hope is slowly melting away with a precedent already set. Uhuru bypassed the KWS board and single-handedly appointed the new boss with a military background. Will he repeat that with the KFS? 

Was it business rivalry that led to Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko to order the closure of some 'tented stalls'  near City Market and Kenya Reinsurance Plaza along Aga Khan Walk? It is emerging that while the governor wanted shops that had been set up at the NSSF grounds along Loita Street and Kenyatta Avenue brought down for spoiling the reputation of the 'City in the Sun',  a businessman is said to have called City Hall and demanded to know why those near City Market and Kenya Re had been spared. City Hall later went back and ordered removal of the tented shops that are on two private plots. They had been licensed by  City Hall.