The Turkish government has been pushing Kenya to sign exclusive military agreements, but Nairobi has not given in. We are told that Turkey, with ambitions to establish its presence in Africa, has been working hard behind the scenes to have Kenya buy military equipment from it instead of purchasing them from the United Kingdom, US or Russia.
A source said Ankara has previously used the fact that Kenya wants access to Turkish markets to get Kenya to accept the military deal.
We are told that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan plans to raise the issue when he visits Kenya in a few days.
It is no secret that some MPs have conned many people and extorted money from private sector leaders and heads of parastatals, but the leaders of a certain county in Northern Kenya were shocked when President Uhuru Kenyatta readily acknowledged that two legislators who were present during the meeting had disappeared with his money – to be precise Sh5 million – which was given to them before the last election to facilitate their campaigns on a TNA ticket.
Later, National Assembly majority leader Aden Duale publicly stated the MPs owe them some money.
An MP hired youth to cheer him and heckle his opponents during President Uhuru Kenyatta’s visit to Northeastern, but did not pay them after they did the dirty job.
The man, who is interested in replacing one of the governors, took off from the venue in a taxi, dashed to his house where he picked up his packed bag before heading to the nearby airstrip where a chopper was waiting for him and other dignitaries.
The hired youths’ leader, having missed the swiftly moving MP, manhandled one of his aides, demanding close to Sh200,000. It remains unclear how the matter was sorted out.
A cross-section of clearing and forwarding agents and importers are wondering if President Uhuru Kenyatta is aware of the goings-on at the Kenya Maritime Authority, which is supposed to spearhead the country in tapping into the blue economy.
The traders are demanding the removal of the chairman and directors of KMA, saying they have failed to regulate the shipping and import industry. One of the senior managers is said to be reaping millions monthly in travel allowances alone.
Local vessel operators have unsuccessfully been trying to renew licences, as KMA employees show little or no interest in attending to clients.
MOMBASA residents are an unhappy lot.
Reason, water services in the county are said to be their major problem. Corridors has learnt that the residents have given Governor Ali Hassan Joho an ultimatum to sort out the water crisis that has hit a record low.
The locals also told Corridors that Mombasa county askaris have been harassing them whenever they try to show their displeasure.
Our mole told Corridors that apart from cartels that have created the water shortage so as to hike prices, there has been contamination of the water systems, leading to several medical cases.