Corridors of power:Kalonzo determined to challenge Raila for the Presidential ticket
Has Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka formed a new inner circle of political advisers and professionals to drive his 2017 Presidential bid? Well, Corridors is aware that after the former Vice President’s tour of China recently, he has been holding a flurry of meetings at his private office in the Lavington area, including one attended by some Western diplomats, to shape his State House bid. These meetings, coupled with Thursday’s launch of his website, have sparked speculation within Cord that Kalonzo is determined to challenge ODM leader Raila Odinga for the Presidential ticket, sending the clearest signal yet to his supporters that he will be on the ballot in 2017.
A once vocal Cord MP from Western Kenya, who has been a fierce critic of the ruling Jubilee Alliance, has suddenly gone mute. Reason? He is said to have been turned, as they say in the spy movies. He was recently seen heading towards the office of a senior Jubilee politician in Parliament, where a deal was reportedly struck before he walked out a happy man, grinning from ear to ear. Corridors has been informed he will be among a number of MPs in the opposition receiving a stipend with the intention of silencing criticism. However, an opposition MP has vowed to spill the beans on the activities of some of his broke colleagues who receive tokens “from the other side” on a regular basis.
A senior opposition MP and chairman of a powerful watchdog committee is at the heart of a controversial tender at a parastatal awarded to his proxy company at an exaggerated amount. The MP, who is fond of bullying and intimidating heads of government institutions for tenders, fronted two companies and, despite quoting stratospherically, was awarded the tender through political pressure. The CEO of the state corporation in the energy sector reportedly received a call two weeks ago from the MP, asking him to make payments in full, even before delivering the contract as required by the law.
A Jubilee hopeful for Nairobi Governor was surprised on Thursday after Eastleigh residents refused to listen to him. The politician had accompanied Deputy President William Ruto to the area on official business, but when he was called to speak a section of the crowd flatly refused to hear him. The man was later heard to complain to his team they should have had intelligence his opponents had planted people to heckle him. He is now planning to counter this wave of discontent from the Somali community. The MP has in the recent past also irked some Jubilee top guns for his insistence on playing the Kikuyu card, saying Nairobi should be reclaimed by Jubilee to protect