The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Corridors of Power

An MP who served in the Tenth Parliament could not believe when he realized he lost at the recent nominations. The man, who served as a chairman of one of the parliamentary committees was in shock when the returning officer announced he had lost the nominations. He stormed out of the counting hall, jumped into his car and sped off to the acute consternation of his family. The man was later found in a local forest punching the air asking God what he had done wrong.

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Some police officers attached to Nairobi Area Police headquarters are planning to present a petition to Inspector General David Kimaiyo to complain about the way the deployment of officers has been done on the basis of nepotism and not meritocracy. They are particularly concerned about the deployment of officers at the weigh bridges and the traffic department. According to the petition, these departments are stuffed to the brim with relatives and friends of former top police bosses. They say until the policemen are reorganized, the service will continue to bear the shameful tag as being the most corrupt government department!

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Staff in the office of a leading presidential candidate are threatening to seek re-deployment to other areas. They want candidate to kick out their boss for incompetence and promoting favoritism in the office. The staff held an informal sessions in their office last week and loudly protested that one of them was 'hogging for himself' all the trips, both foreign and local which the presidential candidate was making. The staff have given the candidate an ultimatum-- promote equality at the workplace or they take a walk.

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