The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Corridors of Power

An MP who is tipped to be the running mate of a presidential aspirant seems to be convinced he will be Kenya's first Deputy President. The man, according to our tipster, made a secret tour of the newly built Vice President's official residency in Karen, Nairobi a few days ago to inspect its facilities. The politician is said to have been "well pleased" by the magnificent structure save for the main office which "appears rather small". The MP told a group of his supporters that he can't wait for March 2013 to enter the house. Some of his allies visited the house earlier and took pictures of the Sh400 million official residence.

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A presidential hopeful spent the better part of Thursday pleading with a colleague to back him for the top seat. We are informed that the candidate, who has been playing hard ball, has suddenly realised that he needs to deposit a coalition agreement with the Registrar of Political Parties by December 4. Corridors has established that his colleague opted to entertain the aspirant with drinks and discussed generalities that annoyed the hopeful who stormed out just before midnight.

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An MP from Central who has been moving from one party to the other got a rude shock recently after his attempt to join another political party popular in the area was rejected by the party officials who said they do not want anything to do with the "undecided" member. One official of the party was overheard saying that the member would be a "bad omen" for the party that enjoys grassroots support in Nyeri and Laikipia counties.

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