On Friday, September 8, the NASA fraternity with its flagbearer Raila Odinga and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka in the front, unveiled a paybill number, asking their supporters to contribute funds to their election kitty ahead of the October 17 repeat polls.
Raila said the supporters’ contributions will be one way tickets to Canaan -the promised land, he called upon Kenyans of good will to help him raise funds because his taps ran dry in the campaigns leading to the August 8 elections.
Elections are an expensive affair and with the Opposition intending to mount a more serious campaign than they did ahead of the nullified elections, has asked the masses to dig into their pockets.
Speaking to journalists last week, Raila and Kalonzo unveiled a paybill number where well wishers will make donations via mobile platform MPesa. But it didn’t end there, Nasa also distributed a bank account number, and a GoFundMe account was opened by Nasa’s diaspora supporters.
Zipo.co.ke has established that the Nasa diaspora USA intend to raise USD 50,000 (KSh 5.1 million) for the campaigns. By Monday, September 11 morning, thanks to 203 people, the online kitty had already hit KSh 2.1 million.
“Haba na haba hujaza kibaba. Ukitoa utakuwa unanunua tiketi ya gari inayoelekea Canaan (any contribution will help, however little. Your contribution will be a ticket for the journey to Canaan),” said Raila during their presser that was mocked and praised in equal measure.
The contributions from the public aside, a number of Opposition leaders allied to the Opposition said they will forgo their first salaries which will go toward Raila’s presidential campaigns.
Politicians had pledged an estimated KSh 100 million by Sunday evening, and the figure is expected to rise.
The politicians include Members of County Assembly all the way to Governors, and have pledged to back Raila financially in his fight against the more moneyed President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto.