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Palaver

By | January 12th 2012 at 00:00:00 GMT +0300

Appears Kenya National Examination Council (Knec) does have a security branch, hopefully complete with the gizmo that has replaced the guards’ nightstick. Within three short months, they have nabbed the Migori-Nairobi-Migori-hopping, enterprising teacher who received more than Sh800,000 from candidates in pretence that he could give them examinations leakage.

Poor fellow carried his cell phone along, leaving an electronic trail of the payments and his location. A colleague says he must have been an extra in the movie Dumb, Dumber, Dumbest. Charging him is fine, but can Prof Sam Ongeri’s sleuths go a step further and find out from the mwalimu where he was going to get the authentic exam papers?

And still on the 2011 KCPE results, it is on record, by no less than Education Minister Sam Ongeri, that Migori County, where the teacher was arrested, led the pack of cheats with 667 examination irregularities in 25 schools followed by Kakamega (665), Homa Bay (631) and Nairobi (626). On aggregate, Kisii and Nyamira counties hang on to the precious tail end of rankings, but the SMS doing the rounds reading KCPE as Kisiis Cannot Pass Examinations is record new low. Palaver’s mole insists, the only way for Kisii and Nyamira is up.

As unity in Mt Kenya politics region swings wildly on the political pendulum, William Ruto is said to be finally out of Kanu, ODM, UDM and any other party that hoped to have a piece of his voting bloc. He has found a new home in United Republican Party. Uhuru Kenyatta hightailed it to Kanu HQ when it appeared the Alliance political winds were not being as predictable as he would have hoped. Kalonzo Musyoka re-baptised his party, while Najib Balala is yet to announce his new home. Since these main players are firm about where they are, now, the trick is to spot who else does the party shuffle, for folks, we have officially entered the season of political party tourism.

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And finally...

Remember Anyang Nyong’o and the hustle about the head of Moi T&R Hospital in Eldoret? What of Charity Ngilu and a certain water board? Then came Chirau Mwakwere and the matter of the KAA and Amos Kimunya over the KPA chief. Now is the turn of Amason Kingi and the EA Portland Cement firm board fights.

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