Uhuru’s scheme to cut NASA foreign funding

Paralysing the Opposition

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Raila Odinga after he was unveiled as the Opposition Presidential candidate for the August 8 General Election in Uhuru Park on April 27. PHOTO: JACK OWUOR/THE STAR

Details have emerged on how the Jubilee administration plans to put the National Super Alliance (NASA) campaigns ahead of the August 8-scheduled general Election, in limbo.

The Raila Odinga-steered alliance is likely to face serious bottlenecks in its presidential bid, after the government moved to stop any foreign funding less than three months to the polls.

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NASA leaders during Bomet Rally on February 4, 2017. PHOTO: TWITTER

A report by the Sunday Nation indicates that Uhuru’s administration held a high level meeting with the aim of stopping any money from foreign-based well wishers flowing into the accounts of NASA principals, their cronies or the coalition itself.

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The meeting was reportedly attended by officials from the Treasury, the National Intelligence Service (NIS), the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).

This development comes at a time when Raila has been visiting abroad apparently to meet possible donors for the Nasa campaigns among other engagements.

It is widely believed that those suspected to be financing the Opposition to remove Jubilee from power include Raila’s long time friend – Tanzanian President John Pombe Maghufuli – and American donors.

Other close friends of Raila suspected to be bankrolling the Opposition campaigns include Nigerian personalities among them former President Olusegun Obasanjo and  Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuany.

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The government has previously been on record accusing the Opposition of receiving foreign support to destabilise it. This is said to be one of the reasons Nasa engagements with foreigners entities are being closely monitored by Jubilee.

But Siaya Senator and Raila’s close ally James Orengo said the Opposition fully understands what the law requires about foreign funding adding that any help from foreigners will be done within the law.

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“We will accept help from our friends abroad as long as it is done within the law. Whether such help comes or not, we are sure to mount one of the best-financed and organised campaigns in this part of the world,” the paper quoted him.

Raila is vying for country’s top seat for the fourth time with pundits saying it would be his last. The former premier also said during his unveiling as Nasa presidential candidate that he will be a one term President after which a non-ODM member will take from him.