News has it that the cord leader has strategies for the next elecrions competition for the presidential bid. News has it that Raila has bought choppers in preparation for the 2017 General Election.
The next election could be Raila’s last attempt at the presidency and, according to people close to him, the ODM leader is leaving nothing to chance as he seeks to seal any possible
loopholes for rigging. Raila unsuccessfully ran for President in 1997, 2007 and 2013.
The first chopper arrived on Thursday and Raila used it for the first time yesterday, when he flew to Kericho for a funds drive.
The second chopper, from Airbus Helicopters (formerly Eurocopter Group), is expected in the country in January, when Raila is scheduled to launch his bid for the Cord presidential ticket.
His coalition co-principals Moses Wetang’ula and Kalonzo Musyoka are also eyeing the ticket.
It is unclear how much Raila spent on the choppers, but sources say he paid $2 million (Sh204,800,000 at yesterday’s exchange rate of Sh102.4 to the dollar).
“Raila is not leaving anything to chance this time round: He is sorting out the challenges he has had previously one by one,” a close aide told Wakenya Media.
Raila is not the only politician with a chopper. Deputy President William Ruto is also reported to have recently bought one, while Baringo Senator Gideon Moi has had one or two for years.
Kalonzo’s chopper crashed in Tanzania three weeks ago. He had leased it out to CCM politicians.
Apart from buying helicopters, Raila is also slowly setting up a team of competent and experienced people to help manage his campaign.