The Star (Nairobi)

21 November 2012

Kenya: Corridors of Power

Prime Minister Raila Odinga's ODM party was taken aback recently when a leading TV station failed to air an ad about the ODM Mashinani campaign which was launched last weekend. Assurances had been made that the station would air the ad on the eve of the event on Sunday but even then, there was no such ad forthcoming to the dismay of the party. Our moles tell us the party chiefs are wary of antagonizing the media house this late in the campaigns as they do not want to get unfavorable coverage.

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Micah Kigen who has been the chairman of the Friends of Raila lobby group may be considering leaving the group due to friction between him and other ODM bigwigs. Kigen recently criticized Industrialization minister Henry Kosgey and other ODM ministers and MPs who are supporting PM Raila Odinga of being a "liability" to the Orange ticket. Previously, Raila had to step in to diffuse the tension caused when Jaoko Oburu formed theODM Inter-Lobby (OIL) an umbrella body of all lobby groups supporting the PM.

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Policemen have written to the Kenya Police Service Commission complaining that for anyone to be transferred to the Traffic department or the Weighbridges they have to pay kickbacks of between Sh100,000 and Sh200,000 to their bosses. In the letter copied to Prime Minister Raila Odinga's office and Commissioner of Police Mathew Iteere the policemen claim that these kickbacks are the main reasons why policemen collect bribes openly to recover what they have given and in the process enriching themselves and paying the daily returns to their commanders!.

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A spokesman of a presidential aspirant's campaign team has been put on the spot after the team discovered that they were getting a raw deal from the man. Corridors has learnt that despite disquiet in the team over the poor media coverage that their candidate is getting, there is nothing they can do to the man as he is very well connected with key players in the campaign team who believe in him absolutely.

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