Sunday, July 21, 2013

Uhuru Flies From JKIA to State House

Corridors of Power

Friday, July 19, 2013 - 00:00 -- BY POLITICAL DESK
Hours before he was due to touch down from his visit to the DR Congo, the usual policemen were deployed along the highway. Savvy Nairobi motorists who have by now come to read the signs that signal the beginning of the interminable traffic jam attendant to the president driving into the city from the airport had already sambazad the info to each other. It was therefore a pleasant surprise that instead of having the traffic topped just so that he could drive into State House in comfort, Uhuru decided to take a waiting chopper which landed him there a few minutes later. If that is part of being a 'digital' president, city motorists are breathing a sigh of relief!
The head of a parastatal under the information communication ministry whose term has come to an end but has been canvassing for the renewal of his tenure. However, his fate hangs in the balance as he is among several people being investigated by the anti-graft agency. The man,w ho has been canvassing the board members has succeeded in convincing a number of them to renew his appointment but many of the board members are unwilling to do so until the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission concludes its work.
Companies providing security in the banking fraternity are desperately trying to understand what is happening with certain banks which have fallen victim to a spate of robberies leading to the loss of millions of shillings. Affected areas include Ongata Rongai, Molo and Parklands where millions of shillings have been stolen in the recent past after criminals drilled directly into the banks' strongrooms. What is not known is why the managers of these banks are keeping the incidents quiet.
A senior manager at the National Social Security Fund is under the radar of officials of the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission as well as those from the Efficiency Monitoring Unit. The officials are interested in establishing how the man has amassed a real estate portfolio estimated to be worth Sh250 million in Mwingi and environs yet his declared sources of income are far below the investments. The man is blissfully unaware of the interests these government officials have and has been going around as usual—bragging about how rich he is!
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