A first-time MP from South Nyanza and a confidant of Internal Security minister George Saitoti was the surprise inclusion from the ODM side to accompany President Kibaki to Ethiopia. The President is in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to attend the India-Africa talks.
A prosecutor in one of the courts in Kisii County has reportedly set up an elaborate kangaroo court system with his own 'agents of justice' in nearly all the trading centres in the county. Litigants and lawyers say the man has been reaping big from the bribes that he demands to assist suspects escape justice by ensuring the case he presents in court is weak so the court has no option but to dismiss it and acquit the suspects. The suspects' families are 'encouraged' to give the prosecutor bribes in kind ranging from land and livestock for their release. Numerous robbery with violence, murder and rape suspects have been acquitted for "the lack of evidence".
Bernard Shinali, the ODM candidate in the Ikolomani by-election, did not get a single vote at Shivagala Primary School polling station where the constituency ODM chairman Aggrey Shistama is a registered voter. The victor — New Ford Kenya's Bonny Khalwale — got 306 votes while Ford People's Collins Matemba got 68 votes. Local wags say the ODM's poor showing at the polling station can be traced to the decision by the party bigwigs who prevailed on Shistama not to vie for the seat and he was promised a parastatal chairmanship in return.