The Star (Nairobi)

14 February 2013

Kenya: Corridors of Power

It seems like there is confusion in Jubilee over what ethnic mobilisation is. On Monday Jubilee presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta discounted claims that his bid was supported by mainly two tribes. But two days later the director of Communications at his TNA party Machel Waikenda wrote; "We belong to a combined vote bloc that has more than six million voters, or at least 43 per cent of the national Voter's (sic) Roll unveiled on December 18 by the IEBC" he said in an article published in the Daily Nation. So is the communications' man off-message or what is the candidate's position?And just what kind of 'voodoo mathematics' is the man referring to yet Kenyans have yet to vote?

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Party hopping we know. But political migration-- where a candidate migrates from one constituency to another-- is a new word in the Kenyan political lexicon. One of the parliamentary candidate's for the Embakasi East constituency decamped from Embakasi South just two weeks to the party nominations deadline. His rivals claim the man quit from the South to the East because he was courting the support of the predominantly Kamba electorate in the East. Coincidentally, the man is registered to vote in Embakasi South so he won't even be able to cast a vote for himself!

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Even before the dust settles on the Parliamentary Committee report, a senior official in the Sports department, has been sending intimidating SMS's during off peak hours to Cricket Kenya officials to force them to accept a proposed commercial tournament that does not benefit the development of the sport locally. This is a case of impunity. Just why is the senior administrator pushing for the tournament? It seems there is more than meets the eye in the event.

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