The Star (Nairobi)

5 February 2013

Kenya: Corridors of Power

The deviousness of those away from the public limelight of the political campaigns know no bounds. Overheard on Sunday night at a Jubilee alliance cocktail held at the Windsor Golf and Country Club were five pro-Uhuru backers who are not enamored with his running mate--William Ruto. As far as they were concerned, they believe Uhuru should sideline Ruto as soon as they make it into State House!

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A prominent politician within the Amani coalition is at logger heads with a city-based car hire firm. The man reportedly hired a Toyota Prado on January 18 for use during the campaigns. He agreed to pay the daily rate of Sh10,000 per day. Since then, he has refused to pay for the use of the vehicle or return the same to the car hire firm. A few days ago, after firm's management threatened to report him to the polio, the man reluctantly despatched one of his aides with Sh20,000 in cash, a mere fraction of what he owes. He has since become "mteja' whenever the firm tries to get him to pay the balance.

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Jimnah Mbaru, the 'Mbus' (Alliance Party of Kenya) gubernatorial candidate is not leaving anything to chance. To reach out to the young city voter, the man was last Friday spotted at several pubs in the central business district poplars with young people. At every venue, hopped from table to table sharing a drink with the patrons and seeking to persuade them to come out and vote for him. He repeated this in each and every pub he visited.

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The item about a minister who has been putting pressure on his permanent secretary to funnel him cash for his campaigns yesterday provoked a reaction from a minister who called Corridors and demanded to be given the identity of the 'minister concerned so that l can stop them from behaving badly.'

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