Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga on Saturday, October 11, hosted powerful businessman Jimmy Wanjigi for a church fundraiser in Bondo town, Siaya County.
Former Nairobi Deputy Governor Polycarp Igathe also attended the Sunday morning service at the Bondo ACK church
Raila was accompanied by several political leaders and MPs among them, James Orengo (Siaya Senator), Opiyo Wandayi (Ugunja), Gideon Ochanda (Bondo), Christine Ombaka( Siaya), Oburu Oginga (EALA), Otiende Amollo (Rarieda) and Elisha Odhiambo (Gem), Kisumu Deputy Governor Mathews Owili and Siaya County Assembly Speaker George Okode.
Raila’s event comes barely a day after police in Mumias, Kakamega County blocked two church functions that Deputy President William Ruto was to attend today over insecurity.
Shianda OCS Christopher Wesonga while replying to Ruto’s allies request, stated that the police declined to permit the events citing Covid-19 and security threats.
In a letter to the chairman of the steering committee of St Leo Catholic Church, Shianda, the OCS said no mass involving all 10 sub-parishes under Bumini will take place.
Ruto and his Tanga Tanga brigade were to preside over fundraisers at Indangalasia parish in Matungu and Bumini parish in Mumias East.
Wanjigi who famously endorsed Odinga’s National Super Alliance during the 2017 General Elections, had not been in the limelight after an incident where he was roughed up by police for allegedly being in possession of illegal firearms.
The powerful businessman was instrumental in brokering a deal between then TNA leader Uhuru Kenyatta and his URP counterpart William Ruto, which subsequently led to the formation of Jubilee Party but later shift his alligience to the former Prime Minister.
Wanjigi and Raila have not been seen together in public for some time now though the two donated foodstuffs to residents of Kibra in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic back in April.