12 February 2013

Kenya: Corridors of Power

One of the priorities that the Amani Coalition presidential candidate Musalia Mudavadi has set himself is the full implementation of the constitution.However some keen readers of his manifesto which was launched last Sunday still refers to the country's military as the 'armed forces. 'Maybe he or those who drafted the manifesto need to remember that with the promulgation of the constitution, the reference is now "defense forces!." According to the critics, either Musalia has not read the 'Katiba' keenly and therefore is not aware of what he is promising or a typographical glitch or maybe, it got lost in translation?


Othaya voters are a very unhappy lot. Reason? A leading candidate for the parliamentary seat was heard saying that he can't wait for the elections to pass so that the 'small flies' can leave him alone. The so called 'small flies' are the supporters who have been milling around candidates waiting for handouts almost on a daily basis. The voters who have taken offense at being referred to as 'small flies' have now vowed to teach the man a lesson for his "arrogant and demeaning remarks.


Bar owners in Westlands region are complaining against a senior official at the liquor licensing office at the DC's office who is fond of taking bribes from them under the pretext of facilitating their papers. On Friday last week, the official and four policemen made a tidy sum collecting a minimum of Sh5,000 from each and every bar which was waiting for its liquor license to be processed. Talk about 'eating-where-you-work! The licensing officer can delay the issuance of the licenses for as long as he wants as he is assured of easy, tax-free cash whenever he wants!

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