The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Corridors of Power

A police officer based at a station in Nairobi got a rude shock when a sex worker he had taken to his house as a 'Christmas treat' made away with his gun and ammunition. The officer, a well-respected family man, had apparently picked up the woman from a street in Westlands, negotiated and agreed a night's cash payment, before heading to his house. At some point in the night the man went to the toilet. When he returned the girl, his gun and several bullets were nowhere to be seen!

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An ODM official was overheard telling a colleague that Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka's Wiper party, which does not have a significant number of seats in Nairobi, is intent on taking advantage of the Cord coalition to win areas of the city. The official said Wiper's only bet is Embakasi West and South that are largely inhabited by the Kamba. The man now wants Wiper aspirants to follow Kalonzo's laudable example and step aside for ODM in parts of Nairobi where they have little chance of winning. "If Kalonzo sacrificed and supported Raila the Wiper aspirants should also sacrifice and support Raila because for a long time, they have not had a single MP in the city. They should not be excited about the union," the official said.

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The Bukusu, the largest sub-tribe of the Luhya community is at a political crossroads. Reason? They are happy with Moses Wetangula's move to Prime Minister Raila Odinga's Cord coalition but do not know how to deal with a serious hopeful for the Bungoma governor's position because he seems stuck with Eugene Wamalwa's New Ford Kenya that is still searching for coalitions with weak parties. Supporters of the aspirant are planning to tell him and his colleagues in Bungoma and Transnzoia counties to vie on a ticket of Wetangula's Ford Kenya. This, they believe, will make Wetangula stronger in the Cord coalition and grant him a more bargaining power.

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