NAIROBI Senator Mike Sonko, who has had a very non-visible campaign, is said to have formed a new team to run his campaign. The team, which consists of number crunchers, policy wonks, and media experts, is working to deliver the governor seat for Sonko. They include political scientist Onchari Oyieyo. On top of the campaign is Erastus Wamugo, a known political operative with a reputation for creativity and discipline. Wamugo has served as an adviser to different senior government officials in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration. The team is working closely with former Vivo Energy boss Polycarp Igathe, Sonko’s running mate. Sonko is said to be building an image of having professionals around him.
TRUST politicians to be smart. In this case, Jubilee Party’s team Mbele Iko Sawa (All Clear Ahead) has been touring the country to campaign for President Uhuru Kenyatta. The team comprises politicians as well as civil servants. The team has a way of trolling the opposition. First, it always follows in NASA footsteps. Second, it knows how to use social media to push their agenda. For instance, it has used pictures to demonstrate its strength and popularity countrywide. In areas where people did not turn out in large numbers, they have posted pictures of hyped activities on the podium or close-ups. The team was also expecting funds from JP, but it seems the deal was not honoured.
NASA is closely monitoring activities in the Jubilee strategy campaigns and they are planning to release a dossier on how Jubilee plans to compromise the next elections. Officials who spoke to Corridors said the dossier touches on the IEBC’s independence. Our mole added, “We have audio, video and pictures from our private investigators who are working closely with the people in the national security machine.” This report is the reason opposition chief Raila Odinga has presented the exact numbers of ghost voters and their names in the voters’ register.
SOME of the officials at ODM have been fighting hard to be involved in NASA activities. The secretariat officials have been left out in the cold after Raila Odinga focussed on the country’s top seat and all activities are centred in NASA. Some have tried to engage Raila’s new advisers – but in vain.
CUSTOMERS at a local bank are a worried lot. On Thursday, they were heard complaining that they cannot access their money, leading to a lot of speculation in this campaign period. Some say the bank had a direct interest in politics by sponsoring certain candidates in the August 8 polls.