How Raila lost millions in expatriate deals during botched August 8 poll

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Aristotle CEO John Aristotle Phillips. PHOTO: NMG

The National Super Alliance leader Raila Odinga coughed out millions of shillings in the run up to the August 8 election, including Sh47 million plus expenses to a US consultancy.

One of the key assignments for the foreigners was to set up a well-equipped parallel tallying centre which never came to be.

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NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga addresses the media after meeting delegations from Narok, Kajiado, Samburu and Marsabit in Lavington on September 27, 2017. PHOTO: EMMANUEL WANSON/THE STAR

The former Prime Minister signed a contract with Aristotle International Inc, the US-based campaign data mining company.

Officials of the firm were dramatically deported by the Jubilee government, with four days to the General Election.

Zipo.co.ke has learnt that the deportation of Aristotle CEO John Aristotle Phillips, an American, and Canadian by the name Andreas Katsouris derailed Raila’s plans for elaborate parallel tallying.

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Also in the list of those deported were two Ghanaians, Harry Mackinson and Jonathan Boye, who were kicked out the same day Nasa tallying centre in Westlands was raided and vandalised allegedly by Jubilee.

According to the Star, Raila paid Aristotle International Sh23 million for two-months but later extended the duration after paying another Sh14 million.

The firm’s mandated was expanded a month to the polls to include tapping into global pollsters among other tasks, an agreement that would leave a Sh14 million hole in Raila’s budget.

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The above-mentioned figures excluded business class airfare, accommodation, meals, communication and other expenses. Nasa reportedly wired Sh2.5 million to Aristotle officials in Washington as transport.

“In addition to fees, you are also responsible for travel expenses. We ask you to deposit $25,000 with us to defray these costs. We will provide a regular and a detailed accounting to you. Should we exhaust the deposit, we will request additional payment,” an email sent to Willis Otieno, Nasa’s head of campaign secretariat reads.

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Between July and August, Nasa spent Sh301,820,944 on media advertising and most of the money – Sh188,366,124 – was to be channeled to Royal Media Stations through its 11 radio stations and Citizen TV.

The paper goes on to add that Nasa technocrats and members of think tank staff were paid an average Sh800,000 monthly.

The Coalition had tens of high-profile technocrats, including economist David Ndii, University of Nairobi don Adams Oloo, ex-EALA member Abubakar Zein, Koitamet ole Kina, as well as lawyers Paul Mwangi and Ben Sihanya.