In what will likely cause a political tsunami, an elaborate plot to use the state machinery and resources to sneak opposition leader Raila Odinga into power in 2022 has been hatched.
The plot revolves around the Building Bridges Initiative as the platform through which Raila is rebranding himself in readiness to make another attempt to ascend to the highest seat in the land.
Insiders say part of the script is for the ODM leader to vanquish his Cord and Nasa principals who backed his presidential bid in 2013 and 2017.
In this scheme, Raila is scheduled to hold rallies to market the BBI in perceived strongholds of his Nasa co-principals Musalia Mudavadi, Moses Wetang’ula and Kalonzo Musyoka – where he will parade his new generals who will be appointed to senior government positions if it is fifth time lucky for him.
So elaborate is the scheme that all the 47 regional commissioners have been roped in and are expected to use state resources at their disposal to market the BBI and eventually take over campaigns for the referendum ahead of the 2022 polls.
Raila, according to sources, has learnt a key lesson in his three failed presidential bids: That when the state machinery is against you, you cannot ascend to the highest seat in the land. Indeed, this was the message Kalonzo was wittingly passing in a recent television interview when he said that in the 2013 and 2017 elections, he knew their vistory would be stolen because so long as the deep state does not want you to be president, it is all in futility your efforts. Raila and his people saw this as meant to imply that the deep state is opposed to his presidency and so the same fate will befall him in 2022.
No wonder Raila has embraced Uhuru Kenyatta and also co-opted Interior cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i and principal secretary Karanja Kibicho in the BBI campaigns this to make himself part and parcel of the deep state. In the past none other than Raila himself has come out to rubbish claims that the army has vowed never to salute him for his alleged attempts to overthrow the government in 1982. It is worth noting that the head of army is almost always the head of deep state.
Of late the ODM leader has been stunning his support base by defending Matiang’i and Kibicho, two government officials who played a key role in violently quelling the demonstrations staged by ODM supporters to protest the outcome of the 2017 repeat presidential election.
During the demonstrations, scores of Nasa supporters were killed while others are nursing injuries inflicted on them by police under the command of Matiang’i and Kibicho.
Raila, according to sources, has realised that the Interior ministry plays a key role in the presidential campaigns and at times is used to rig the polls in favour of the big boys’ preferred candidate.
That is why he is provoking William Ruto to oppose the BBI so as to set him against the state machinery hoping it will finish the second in command. Thrice wise, Ruto has backed the BBI to the hilt and last week he went a step further to say that since everyone is in agreement with BBI, it should be implemented right away.
Also roped in are influential governors whom Raila expect to fund his campaigns and in return he will offer them protection from prosecution if they raid state coffers. Some senators have warned such governors that they will carry their own cross when it comes to accounting for taxpayers’ money.
The plan is to have at least 40 governors out of the 47 back the referendum and the ODM leader’s presidential bid in 2022.
Currently, Raila has in his side more than 30 governors and the list is expected to grow as he goes round the country marketing the BBI.
On the other hand governors backing Ruto are to be cut to size by parading them in court to answer graft charges.
Already, Kiambu governor Ferdinand Waititu and his Nairobi counterpart Mike Sonko are facing graft charges in courts.
According to insiders, Raila is using the BBI to try to establish a political network across the country to take the deputy president head-on during the referendum and 2022 polls. Ruto seems to have ducked the referendum trap by big berth leaving Uhuru and Raila camp throwing punches at the air.
The camp is out to use the state machinery to dismantle Ruto’s vast political network across the country.
The plot is to push the deputy president to the corner to force him to oppose the referendum hoping he will spend a fortune in the campaigns and thus will run out of cash to campaign in 2022. Ruto has so far kept to the middle of the ring with deft political footwork proving hard to corner.
Last week, the ODM leader was in Kisii for BBI first regional consultative meeting which was attended by at least 3,000 delegates – 500 from each of the six Nyanza counties.
The event chaired by Kisii governor James Ongwae gobbled up over Sh18 million which was coughed up by the state through the Interior ministry.
To demonstrate the state’s might, more than 350 police officers had been deployed inside and outside the venue as well as along Kisii town streets.
The governors present included James Ongwae (Kisii), Anyang’ Nyong’o (Kisumu), Cyprian Awiti (Homa Bay), Okoth Obado (Migori), Cornel Rasanga (Siaya), John Nyagarama (Nyamira), Patrick Khaemba (Trans Nzoia), Wycliffe Wangamati (Bungoma), Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni), Wilbur Ottichilo (Vihiga), Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega), Sospeter Ojaamong (Busia), Hassan Joho (Mombasa), Charity Ngilu (Kitui) and Amason Kingi (Kilifi).Initially Kingi was drifting towards Ruto but has ditched the DP due to his closeness to Aisha Jumwa.
Raila who was accompanied by Matiang’i whom he described as his son stated the meeting was the beginning of the journey to the biblical Canaan and marked the beginning of a new journey which will see a referendum in the course of the year. Devolution cabinet secretary Eugene Wamalwa was also present.
In attendance were more than 50 MPs and senators in a fresh push for referendum that could change the country’s political system ahead of the 2022 elections.
Also in attendance were senior government officials and county commissioners.
The selection of Kisii was not by coincidence but a carefully crafted plan to neutralise the Ruto in the region.
Since the last elections, Ruto has managed to woo key region leaders to join his team.
Raila was keen to neutralise him and that is why he made Kisii the first stop in his BBI campaign.
Curiously, Ruto allies were excluded from the meeting.
For instance, Kisii deputy governor Joash Maangi, a close ally of Ruto after he divorced Raila, was not invited to the meeting.
A day to the meeting, Maangi sensationally claimed a suspicious vehicle was trailing him and feared the BBI proponents were out to harm him.
Insiders add that Raila has identified Matiang’i as the most suitable Gusii leader to lead the referendum campaign in the region.
Matiang’i holds the key security docket which is annually allocated billions of shillings.
The 47 regional commissioners report to him, and hence he is in a good position to influence the voting in the entire country.
The no-nonsense Matiang’i is expected to use the state machinery to crush MPs from Nyamira and Kisii opposed to the BBI.
The MPs opposed to BBI include North Mugirango’s Joash Nyamoko, Bomachoge Chache Alfa Miruka, West Mugirango’s Kemosi and South Mugirango’s Sylvanus Osoro. All of them skipped the meeting which they described as a thinly veiled political ploy to help Raila recoup fortunes for the ODM party.
During the meeting, Raila indirectly endorsed calls for Matiang’i to be appointed prime minister once the BBI report is