POLITICAL GOSSIP

Raila's strategist accused of being a mole

The political strategist could be on the chopping board in the coming days.

In Summary
  • Has a senior public officer from a county in central Kenya backed down on his initial bid to run for the governor's seat?
  • Some allies of ODM boss Raila Odinga are unease with the overwhelming presence of a political strategist in the former prime minister's circles.
ODM party leader Raila Odinga addresses members from Marsabit, Mandera, Tharaka Nithi and Narok counties who joined the party on September 3
ODM party leader Raila Odinga addresses members from Marsabit, Mandera, Tharaka Nithi and Narok counties who joined the party on September 3
Image: EZEKIEL AMING'A

ODM boss Raila Odinga's allies are unease with the overwhelming presence of a political strategist in the former prime minister's circles. The political strategist, who has been previously critical in Raila's think-tank, is said to be a silent mole who should be unmasked. In one of the recent meetings, the strategist got it rough trying to clear rumours he has links with one of the leading politicians in the country. While the official has been clear the said opponent to Raila is his relative and has nothing to do with politics, suspicions continue to swirl around the issue over loyalty questions. The strategist could be on the chopping board in the coming days.

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Corridors recently exposed corruption deals at a water company in the Coast involving a senior official in the construction of a waste treatment plant. Its tender price was inflated from Sh175 million to Sh215 million. It has now been revealed that the overzealous, hubris and chest- thumping official has again awarded the same company another Sh576 million tender to be funded by the World Bank. Corridors is apprised the said company was the highest bidder but won the tender. Shocking enough, the official is said to have pocketed Sh20 million, and the said money was distributed at an apartment in West ands last week. A senior anti-graft official is said to be part of the loot.

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Has a senior public officer from a county in Central Kenya backed down on his initial bid to run for the governor's seat? There are reports the administrator might have considered the changing political dynamics in his home county and decided to back off the race. The public officer's move to step down his ambitions could further complicate the chances of the governor mounting a successful bid to defend the seat next year. There is also word doing the rounds that, sensing defeat, the governor could as well throw in the towel and withdraw from the race. The county could be the next hotbed of high-octane-politics as 2022 beckons.

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Just who was behind a petition that soought to unravel the academic documents of a vice chancellor of a public university? It has emerged there could be a political hand in the petition, which was recently lodged with the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission. As the saga unfolds, a leading politician from the university's backyard has threatened to reveal the political intrigues behind the plot to oust the university CEO. It is alleged there are fears the the don has been pulling political strings in the region, threatening the political survival of a struggling politician. It would be only a matter of days before the truth comes out.