The National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential candidate Raila Odinga now wants the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to cancel the ballot printing tender awarded to Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing Company based in Dubai. This might have been a genuine action to take if we didn’t know the motive behind it. The former Prime Minister claims that the owners of the firm that was awarded the Ksh. 2.5 billion-tender are close to Jubilee administration’s top officials. He also claims that this is likely to influence the outcome of the August 8, 2017 election to favor his opponent.
It has emerged that there is a BIG REASON behind Odinga’s complaints. This is where BIG MONEY is involved. Follow this:
Ben Sachs and Dr Patel Shailesh, proprietors behind the South African Printing Firm by the name of The Paarl Media(Pty) Ltd are great friends of Raila Odinga.
They met in his office thrice in December of 2015 and twice in April of last year(2016). Odinga himself flew to South Africa twice last year and met them in a deal where they agreed they would contribute at least 1 Billion to his campaign kitty. But this would only succeed if he helped them secure the lucrative ballot printing tender from the IEBC. That was a serious challenge.
He knew Issac Hassan would not agree to such a fishy deal.( the Smith & Ousman of 2012, the famous chicken-gate Scandal).Isaac Hassan would therefore have to go.
So, Ben Sachs and Raila Odinga met Dr Ezra Chiloba twice last year before the printing tender was floated. Chiloba would hear no such stories. Options were limited. They applied for the tender and failed. They challenged the tendering process in Court, they failed.
And that’s how Odinga lost one of his most trusted campaign financier.
So we know what is irking him so much.
We know him.