Jimmy Wanjigi's mistake that almost cost Raila
The billionaire is allegedly the cementing factor between Raila-Kalonzo, Uhuru-Ruto and Musalia-Wetangula duos.
Mr Wanjigi has in the recent past become the darling to Mr Odinga’s family, having appeared in rare events with the billionaire.
Mr Odinga almost dumped Mr Wanjigi, despite his financial power in the run up to the August 8 bungled elections, after the billionaire attempted to present his own manifesto that would have been used for campaigns.
Arguably, Mr Wanjigi also demanded a top position at the coalition, which would have made the ranks to six principals – after Isaac Ruto’s entry - a move that was vehemently opposed by Mr Odinga.
The rarely photographed business mogul’s self-made manifesto had created tension within the Secretariat, and which Mr Odinga was at pains to defend after one of his advisers rejected the blanket deal.
Mr Odinga’s key strategist and adviser Dr David Ndii termed the Jimi Wanjigi manifesto as “the work of tenderpreneurs”, putting Mr Odinga in a tough position on whom to defend between Mr Wanjigi, his financier, and Dr Ndii, his adviser.
The final attempts to have a parallel tallying centre by National Super Alliance, is now known, is the work of the billionaire.
The alleged tallying centre which was raided in Westlands by GSU officers was created by the IT- guru Mr Wanjigi, and was later to be joined by other individuals who would come from Ghana and the US.
Although Nasa senior counsel and Siaya Senator Mr James Orengo had said that this was one of its smaller tallying centres, details later emerged that the same gunmen raided two other secret locations and carted away more computers.
It is not clear why Mr Odinga had opted to have Mr Wanjigi next to him despite the shady past about his corruption deals, despite Mr Odinga’s hard talk on corruption.
Mr Wanjigi fell out with Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto after the Jubilee administration failed to give him the Standard Gauge Railway tender which was handed to the Chinese Government.
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