Did Jimmy Wanjigi deliver on the financial pledges he made to Nasa? It appears he did not, going by latest reports.
The controversial wheeler-dealer was said to be single-handedly financing Nasa campaigns before the August 8th elections. Initially, he mostly operated behind the scenes and there were only rumours about his activities. But then as the date approached, he became bold enough and started appearing in public. He was there at Catholic University when Raila was hosted on a solo debate. He was also there at Bomas when results started trickling in.
As the country heads for a fresh election, it appears Jimmy has started losing friends with Nasa circles.
According to The Star, the billionaire and his point-man in the coalition, Willis Otiento, who also happens to be the campaign secretariat chief, are now unwanted.
Reportedly, a decision to expel the duo was arrived at this weekend in Kilaguni, Taita Taveta, where Raila and NASA principals had retreated to plot their campaign and start fundraising.
The newspaper reports that Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC) and Moses Wetang’ula (Ford Kenya) all told Raila they did not want Wanjigi because “he did not help NASA as expected and instead caused the team problems.”
“The principals were clear in their assessment that Wanjigi had promised so much and delivered almost nothing to the campaign,”
Among the things promised but not delivered by Wanjigi, were money for a tallying centre, poll agents and media adverts.
There was general consensus that Wanjigi was responsible for the embarrassment brought about by among other things, the infamous second manifesto. This one had included mega projects which were seen as a way to reward the financiers of the party. This was not hard to sell because it fits perfectly into Jimmy Wanjigi’s modus operandi.
In the retreat, Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and Johnstone Muthama were named heads of resource mobilisation and logistics. Economist David Ndii will head the strategy team, and all Nasa elected officials are expected to put everything aside for the next 2 months to campaign for the party.
Also reportedly discussed at the retreat attended by all Nasa principals except Isaac Ruto, was the role of Raila’s children Winnie and Junior in party affairs. Leaders want them excluded and professionals brought in.