DID the new ODM nomination regulations socialite sande says fly in the party’s face? Well, we are informed that a large number of members have failed to return nomination papers as required over fears that the primaries may not be free and fair – or they see them as a trap. By close of business on December 31, 2016, the deadline set by the National Elections Board, a number of governors, senators and MPs from Nyanza, opposition leader Raila Odinga’s (pictured) stronghold, had not submitted their nomination application forms. Those in the know claim that the rules were hastily crafted with the intention of locking in aspirants such that after participating in primaries and becoming disgruntled, they would not be allowed to decamp to other parties. Aspirants who have every reason to believe that party officials would favour their opponents are also treading carefully – to avoid plunging into blunders that might send them into political oblivion after the next polls.

A flamboyant Western Kenya MP well-known for flirting with catering staff in Parliament should be a worried man. After an overseas rendez vous with a curvaceous lady who works at the high-end canteen, his chickens are trooping in home to roost. This is after the lady confronted him at the canteen during this recess session, threatening to spill the beans if he dares continue with a parallel love affair with her colleague she had stumbled upon. The MP quickly shrugged her off and walked out and speedily drove away. The lawmaker, whose insatiable appetite for women could not allow him to concentrate on her alone, has been seeing another waitress secretly and even recently flew her to Europe for a week full of shopping and shenanigans. A storm is brewing.

A Jubilee senator from the Mount Kenya region who was fond of carrying loads of currency around Parliament has gone broke. The once-vocal senator, who moved to reside at a five-star hotel in the capital city alone at the expense of his family after he was elected, has reportedly moved back to his rural home after running out of money. When he lived at the five-star hotel he often ordered coffee from top-notch shops in the CBD which would be delivered by his aides even during parliamentary sittings. However, with the clock ticking to the August 8 General Election, the lawmaker has retreated back home and drastically overhauled his luxury lifestyle, disposing of his state-of-the-art V8 guzzler and acquiring a Toyota TX as he endears himself to voters for reelection. Surprisingly, he has also frozen most of his haphazard expenses, including dishing out cash to orderlies around Parliament.