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Raila now offers a job to the man who clung on to his helicopter

The 28-year-old got the shock of his life when he received a rare invitation on Monday by Raila to his Capitol Hill Offices in Upper Hill, Nairobi accompanied by his extended family members.

Julius Mwithalii (right) at the Maua Law Courts cells after appearing before Senior Resident Magistrate Antony Munene where he was charged with attempted suicide.

Julius Mwithalii’s dare-devil actions that saw him cling on to opposition Raila Odinga’s chopper during a rally in Meru last month seems to have finally paid off.

Mwithalii was captured on camera waving enthusiastically to the crowd beneath as he rode dangerously on the chopper’s landing skids for several minutes before the pilot landed at the nearby Athimba Primary School.

Job request

When asked to explain the reason behind his absurd actions, Mwithalii explained that he wanted to follow Raila in order to be given a job since he had no means to earn a living.


His wish was finally granted when on Monday, Raila offered him and three of his brothers’ employment.

It is still not clear what jobs the four were offered by the National Super Alliance (NASA) leader though Meru County ODM chairman Robert Kathata confirmed the meeting took place.

Speaking to the media, Kathata said they had met their party leader and promised Mwithalii and his brothers’ new employment.

Raila is expected back in Meru for a rally next week when more details of the brothers’ new jobs will be made public.

Charged in court


Soon after the incident at Maili Tatu in Igembe Central Constituency, Mwithalii was charged with attempted suicide before a Meru court.

He denied the charges before Senior Resident Magistrate Anthony Munene who directed him to remain in custody until he undergoes a mental check-up.

His lawyer Hosea Mutembei pleaded with the court to give his client a lenient bond, saying he was the sole breadwinner for his family of six siblings.


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