The Star (Nairobi)

3 January 2013

Kenya: Corridors of Power

An influential senior police officer based at Vigilance House who was instrumental in the removal of David Kimaiyo as the director of police operations in 2008 is worried that the newly appointed Inspector General will decided to pay is a worried man after the appointment of David Kimaiyo as the new Inspector General of police. The policeman, who has also been involved in transferring officers whom he felt threatened his interests, is worried that Kimaiyo will not have forgotten the role he played in his abrupt departure.

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A city businessman who claims to be a close confidant of Vice President Kalonzo was overheard bragging that his election as the Embakasi West MP was a sure thing as he was close to the "centre of power." The man claimed he had the VP's blessings and the support of the huge number of the Kamba community in the constituency. He is confident that Wiper will not relinquish the seat to its coalition partner ODM.

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The construction of a dam in Marsabit by a national parastatal has stalled after the original design, costs were allegedly altered. Engineers at the corporation refused to sanction the changes as it would mean doubling the cost of the project.Last month, several powerful personalities attempted to compel the engineers to sign the documents and allow the project to resume. The engineers have resisted the pressure and one of them even resigned in protest as he did not want to be party to the fleecing of taxpayers. The contractor has now threatened to pull his requirement from the site.

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A number of powerful individuals, some with good connections at State House, and who have all along been silently backing Musalia Mudavadi's presidential bid are reportedly considering settling on Party of Action (POA) leader Raphael Tuju. The power brokers are said to be unhappy with the way things are going with the Mudavadi venture and are now seriously considering another plan-that of now zeroing on the former Information and Communication minister.

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