Has Raila Odinga met, given ‘Meru James Bond’ a job? CORD Secretariat boss speaks out


Opposition leader Raila Odinga is yet to meet Julius Mwithalii Kiyuki, the man who clung on his chopper when he visited Meru County late last month, says CORD Secretariat boss Norman Magaya.

A report published on a media outlet Tuesday, claimed that Mwithalii, 28, from Thuuru Village in Igembe Central Sub-County, alongside his three brothers have been promised jobs by Mr Odinga.

According to Meru County ODM Chairman, Robert Kathata, he organised a meeting between Mr Mwithalii and Opposition chief Raila Odinga at the Capitol Hill in Nairobi on Monday. Also in attendance, according to Mr Kathata, were Mwithalii’s family members and ODM officials from Meru County.

Mr Kathata told EDAILY that following the meeting, Mr Odinga promised to give jobs to Mr Mwithalii and his three brothers.

“Mwithalii met Raila Odinga yesterday (Monday, February 20) at the Capitol Hill in Nairobi. Mr Odinga promised to give jobs to Mwithalii and his three brothers. I am the one who facilitated Mwithalii’s transport to Nairobi. We met Odinga, Mwithalii spoke to him. Odinga warned Mwithalii against clinging on choppers as a way of getting people’s attention, emphasising that his office is open to everyone who needs his help,” said Kathata, who was quick to clarify that the nature of jobs given to Mr Mwithalii and his brothers would be known on February 27.

CORD Secretariat boss Norman Magaya, however, clarifies that a meeting between Mr Mwithalii and Raila Odinga is yet to take place.

“A meeting between Raila Odinga and Mr Mwithalii has not taken place yet, though it has been scheduled for February 27. Mr Mwithalii has not met with Raila Odinga one-on-one, but the appointment has been made,” Mr Magaya told EDAILY.

Asked on agenda of the meeting, and whether a job offer to Mr Mwithalii is imminent, Mr Magaya said: “It is not possible to preempt a meeting that is yet to take place. But certainly Raila has a big organisation; so, if such a request is made, it will be given a consideration.”

Mr Mwithalii, last month, told EDAILY that he clung on the chopper of Raila Odinga because he wanted the Opposition leader to employ him as a farmhand.

“I am a die-hard supporter of Raila Odinga and I did not want him to leave me behind. Actually, I wanted a job from him, given the life challenges – including financial bottlenecks –, I am currently facing. The problems are unbearable. I find it hard to provide for my family. Initially, I wanted to be Raila’s chief campaigner in Meru region, but now I am open to any job, including being his farmhand. Had the pilot not dropped me at Athimba Primary School, I would have reached Raila’s destination,” he said.




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