The Star (Nairobi)

7 September 2012

Kenya: Corridors of Power

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Questions are being raised as to why a commissioner with the National Cohesion and Integration Commission has been using the commission's facilities further his political ambitions. The man is currently in the US on official duty but has been conducting radio interviews with a local station where he is asking for votes. Although the Commissioner's term is ending today some of his opponents want him punished for abusing his NCIC office.

A top media executive was recently suspended for two weeks after causing a fracas with other revelers at a city pub. The man was taken in by police and when word reached his boss, he was immediately sent on a two week suspension. Our moles further say the man could be on his way out following in the footsteps of his former boss, to be replaced by his junior who recently met a key shareholder in an out of town hotel.

A top official of Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) who quit his clerical duties is on the spotlight once again and for all wrong reasons. The man has grabbed part of the church's land and is now putting up his own church to the chagrin of PCEA faithful. The man has not cared to hide the name of his new church and has plastered it on the new church building.

Detractors of Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka's Wiper Democratic Movement were overheard swearing to their gods that they will move to court if the VP persists in conducting party affairs in his public office. The men appeared particularly irked that the man received former government spokesman Dr. Alfred Mutua in his office and not the Wiper Secretariat.

And talking of Dr. Alfred Mutua, it seems the man has hit the ground running and is making proper use of his former position as government mouthpiece. On the first day of his quiting office, Mutua lashed at his namesake Mutua Katuku who is battling for the same Machakos governorship seas as him. He told crowds he is the one who "organized" for Katuku's appointment to the cabinet. Now we are told Mutua is threatening to "expose" those behind the Mlolongo and Athi River land scams. We are told the man is targeting one of his key rivals for the seat.

We are told one controversial government parastatal is mad and frustrated with one opinion pollster who also undertakes research for allegedly botching up a customer satisfaction survey the parastatal was carrying out. Somehow the management of the parastatal figured out the questionnaires were all cooked up leading to the disappointment. They are now vowing to expose the pollster.

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