8 February 2013

Kenya: Corridors of Power

Transport minister Amos Kimunya, never ceases to amaze. He has reportedly appointed an 11 members of the task force Delinking and Operationalization of the National Transport and Safety Authority. This is all good. However, the appointees are in total breach of the Naational Cohesion and Integration Act which requires that there be ethnic balance in all public appointments. At least six of the 1 members, including former police spokesman Eric Kiraithe, are all from one community!


Hell hath no fury like Mutula Kilonzo threatened. After toiling for months now trying to win Mbooni people's hearts for the Senate seat, the affable education minister is not ready to dismiss anyone who threatens his chance of become senator. After learning that his political ambitions may be nipped in the bud for allegedly sanctioning the nomination of former Mwala MP Daniel Muoki, Mutula hit the roof. "I have not set foot in Wiper Headquarters for three months now. The man is a pastor and should explain how he got a certificate when there was court order against the same!"


An Agricultural officer in charge of Green House within Marsabit county is under scrutiny for allegedly and irregularly awarding all the construction business to his sibling thereby creating an obvious conflict of interest as he is the one supposed to confirm and verify the work is done to standard and kept within the costs. Both the Efficiency Monitoring Unit and Ethic and Anti Corruption Commission have started investigations after receiving the complaint.


A politician has been arm twisting a lottery organization to release winnings to a charity in his constituency although a service provider who is holding the money has not released the funds. The charity was paid most of the money but a second tranche which was expected to be disbursed to the charity is still being held. The politician has tried to file a case with the police with no avail and the Betting Control and Licensing Board have been quiet about the issue.

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