The Star (Nairobi)

19 February 2013

Kenya: Corridors of Power

PRIME MINISTER Raila Odinga has said he is more digital than some of his opponents who are branding him as 'analogue' politician. Raila told members of the Hindu Council that migration to new technologies has been an entrenched element of the engineering profession. "If they go to the Museum they will find locomotive steam engines that later migrated to diesel engines and later to electric engines. I am an engineer and I understand more about migration to new technologies than those labelling us analogue," he said.

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The completion of three Vision 2030 flagship dams is at risk. Reason? Several long serving engineers resigned citing frustration by a senior manager at a national parastatal. The three dams have not been completed although their due date including extension periods is long over. Several employees at the parastatal have also expressed frustration. The manager is reported to be frustrating contractors to force them into abandoning the work thereby forcing the parastatal to take over construction and the attendant inflated costs as has already happened in one of the three projects!

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The spouse of an assistant minister has found sanctuary in the home of a friend after he was shown the door recently. The man, who has no formal employment, is reportedly gathering his resources to try and stake a claim in the matrimonial property which he hopes will be divided equally once the divorce he has initiated comes through.

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Pedestrians and motorists along Jogoo road were treated to a rare spectacle recently after two security aides attached to a prominent politician cum businessman fought over campaign cash. The man, who is vying for one of the city's elective posts attempted to intervene but a well placed jab to the jaw by one of the protagonists sent him sprawling to the ground. The man had to abandon his scheduled campaign rallies following the embarrassing incident.

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