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Raila’s Sh1 billion dinner

Those at the platinum high table will pay Sh10 million a plate

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The dinner has been scheduled for Monday, June 19 and is likely to be held at the Safari Park Hotel or the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC).

This comes only a few days after President Uhuru Kenyatta successfully hosted a similar dinner at The Safari Park Hotel that raised Sh500 million in a record two hours.

According to a report by The Star, the sitting arrangement will be divided into several classes each having different pricing with respect to proximity to Raila.

Those sitting at the platinum high table feasting with with the former Prime Minister will pay Sh10 million a plate. Gold donors will pay Sh5 million a plate and silver donors Sh3 million a plate. They will sit further away.

The event is organised by Raila's campaign secretariat headed by lawyer Willis Otieno.

A source familiar with the organisation of the dinner plans said that they will not receive cash and contributions will strictly be done through bank deposits with payment slips acting as proof of payment.

Other contributions being accepted include pledges and donations in kind, such as vehicles, office space, staff and campaign materials.

This is not the first time Raila has organised such an event.

In 2013, Raila organised a Sh1 million-a-plate dinner, where guests donated a minimum Sh1 million.

In March, Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero raised more than Sh200 million during a fund-raising dinner for his re-election campaign while in 2007, retired President Mwai Kibaki fund-raised for his re-election at a Sh1 million ($10,000) per plate dinner.

Political parties maintain that their campaign finances are generated mainly from party activities like membership fees, monthly contributions by elected leaders, fund-raising and donations from well-wishers and supporters.

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