Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Weekly Citizen article on "Raila's secret spy network"

In his famous book the 48 Laws of Power, author Robert Green advises those who want to be succesful leaders to be as cunning as foxeswhen dealing with both friend and foe. In rule number 14 titled 'Pose as a friend, work as a spy', he states: 'Knowing about your rival is critical. Use spies to gather valuable information that will keep you a step ahead. Better still, play the spy yourself. In polite social encounters, learn to probe. Ask indirect questions to get people to reveal their weakness and intentions. There is no ocassion that is no opportunity for artful spying." Raila Amolo Odinga - the politician affectionately nicknamed Agwambo by his supporters - is a man who has perfected this art of spying on both friends and enemies and the noxious merceneries saga is the latest and most credible case that has proved claims that the Lang'ata MP runs a very effective parallel secret spy system. THE MP, using this elaborate network, has effectively infiltrated key state institutions including the police force which falls under the office of the president, the sensitive immigration ministry whose headquarters are at Nyayo House, the Kenya Ports' Authority, the Registrar of Companies and Kenya Revenue Authority's motor vehicle registration department. Additionally, the MP, a political strategist of no mean repute, has a formidable information gathering machinery whose work is to collect and process as much intelligence as possible on his real and perceived enemies. For instance, during his political duels with the late Vice-President Wamalwa Kijana, he enlisted the services of a Wamalwa kin who had 24-hour access to Wamalwa to effectively monitor his rival's activities. It is said Raila capitalized on the infighting among the late Senator William Wamalwa's siblings to achieve the spying aim. Using the relative, Wamalwa was able to receive information on which people had spoken to, where he had slept and the cars he had used. It should be recalled that Wamalwa was always ridiculed as a politician who liked watching cartoons, the favourite being Tom and Jerry. This information is said to have been passed to the public after Raila received it from the Wamalwa kin. Indeed Wamalwa enjoyed watching cartoons, at times at the expense of very important functions. And while he served as minister in the Moi cabinet and untill recently the Kibaki cabinet, raila made sure that he had all the necessary intelligence on all ministers, particularly those from Nyanza province opposed to his politics. Word has it that last year, a Luo minister warned his driver and bodyguards to stop associating with Raila's bodyguards and drivers. This was after the minister discovered that Raila's bodyguards and drivers had a habit of talking ill of their boss openly, claiming he was arogant and mean. This was a strategy to get others talking about their bosses, information that was passed on to Raila. This way, the enigmatic MP learnt a lot of secrets on the ministers. An insider in Raila's camp says through such networks, the Lang'ata MP has gathered massive intelligence on practically all the important politicians in the country. "Agwambo knows which politician coughs at night, their favorite drinks, love affairs, business associates and investments and of course bank accounts," said the insider who did not want to be named. A shrewd political operative, he has a secret security network which travels ahead of him during public functions including weddings and funerals. The politician has very strong contacts in the media, ussually at senior management and editorial levels. These contacts brief him on all the news that touch on him or his political interests before the information is made public. Last week when the alleged Armenian mercenery, Artur Margayan visited Standard Group offices, Raila aides were spotted at I&M Buildings in a white Peugeot vehicle registration KWS 606 an hour before the controversial businessman arrived. A Lang'ata councillor, Opete Opete, was also spotted at the press conference. What he was doing there is anyone's guess. The two well-built men kept on talking on mobile phones and when the alleged mercenery was forced to flee a lynch mob, one of Raila's men was heard communication the information to a second party. That the government is concerned and worried about Raila's information gathering machinery was well manifested when an immigration officer suspected to have given Raila details of the Armenians from the Immigration Department was suspended. The officer was suspected to have been instrumental in giving out the photocopies of passports and work permits of the two controversial brothers. Copies of the two passports displayed by Raila to the media indicated that the two men, born in 1970 and 1973 respectively entered Kenya for the first time on January 23, 2006 and were issued with residence visas for two years. The passports also show that the two travelled to Dubai between 2005 and 2006. Weekly Citizen has information that initially the CID thought the copies of passports were not genuine and made a follow-up at Immigration offices. To their suprise, the copies were of genuine passports. And to add insult to injury, Raila went ahead to name the residential house in Runda where the Armenians were staying beside providing information on a truck registration KAU 967W that was seen entering and off-loading materials in the compound before speeding away with occupants. Raila's recent exposes, complete with documentary proof, is said to have caught top CID officers and the staff at the National Intelligence Security Services (NSIS) headquartered at Ruaraka and headed by Michael Gichangi off-step. According to observers, Raila has penetrated a section of the country's intelligence that is giving him useful information that he has been using to embarass the government. A second theory has it that a group of influential personalities who were recently elbowed out of State House after being fingered by former Ethics PS John Githongo is on a revenge mission and could be responsible for the credible adverse information Raila has been releasing with such devastating effects. The fallen group which still enjoys sympathy in various strategic government departments can lay their hands on confidential government documents including those at State House. Last week, state intelligence network were pursuing ODM luminaries for leads on the merceneries, exposing how the raid at the KTN studios and the Standard newspapers at I&M Building and on the Standard press at Likoni Road was excuted on March 2. ODM claims that more foreigners among them Tanzanians including a woman only identified as Shifana are on the government's dirty payroll. They have been issued with police certificates and guns by a CID officer which they used to plan and raid the Standard. Police are puzzled that Raila's network was able to identify the vehicles used in the raid whose registration were given as KAQ 010W, KAU 828Y (white Lexus), and KAP 448Z, a blue Mitsubishi and KAR 4553H, a green Toyota Prado. Raila's underground network has been able to unearth numbers of several vehicles that are available to foreigners. They are KAH 980M, a blue Merceded Benz 320; KAS 501S a Mercedes Benz 320; KAQ 010W and KAU 838Y, both white Lexus; KAT 331P, a white Volvo; KAR 453H Toyota Prado Green; KAU 801P, a grey Land Rover Discovery; KAT 285Y blue Peugeot 406; GK A222H white Subaru; KAS 847F, a blue Mercedes Benz KAQ 215J; blue Subaru and KAP 448Z a blue Mitsubishi. It is suspected Raila has been able to capitalize on the current infighting among Kibaki close confidantes to access sensitive information. For example, queries are being asked how how the fiery MP established that two officers from the presidential escort unit have been deployed as bodyguards and drivers to the foreigners. Our informant tells us that Raila gets sensitive information either directly or from close allies in the business, social and political areas. It is said that Raila's information gatherers are to be found on streets of Nairobu, Mombasa and Kisumu and when they land on information they either call him directly or his aide. The network, according to sources has to verify information. For example if news comes in that Kibaki was planning to visit Kisumu and raila is not aware, the network immediately starts gathering hints from close men associated with Foreign Affairs Minister Raphael Tuju. The reason here is that the president cannot visit Nyanza without Tuju's knowledge. We have established that among politicians Raila has detailed his men to monitor closely are Prof. George Saitoti, Uhuru Kenyatta, Kalonzo Musyoka, Nicholas Biwott, James Orengo, Musalia Mudavadi, Gideon Moi, Najib Balala, David Musila, Musikari Kombo, William Ruto, Mukhisa Kituyi, Simeon Nyachae, Raphael Tuju, Mutula Kilonzo, Fred Gumo and Cyrus Jirongo among others. And within Kibaki's kitchen cabinet, Raila is interested in the activities of Strategic Planning PS Stanley Murage, ministers Njenga Karume, Amos Kimunya, John Michukl and Martha Karua. Francis Muthaura secretaery to the cabinet and head of the civil service, George Muhoho, Eddy Njoroge and Joe Wanjui, Chancellor University of Nairobi. Within the Asian community, is is said the late road contractor Sunil Behal alias "Lord Fupi" used to be Raila's informer. For now Raila, the man who studied in the then Communist East Germany gets tips from a number of Asians in Nairobi who have roots in Kisumu and are fluent in the Luo language, which they use to communicate in five-star hotels. For Raila's security network, he is said to mostly depend on ex-air servicemen who were involved in the 1982 coup. It is this group that is said to have been used as advance party during last year's referendum campaigns. Travelling in hired Nissan vans, with crude weapons, petrol bombs and with mobile phones, they offered security for ODM luminaries throughout the hectic campaign period.

Source: Weekly Citizen, March 20-26th, 2006; pp.1-2.

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Blogger WM said...

Well, basically, aren't you just saying that this guy has just passed Niccolo's test with flying colours? That is, if you want to define politics that way, which I think is the problem. Ever since that damned Machiavelli got published (who let him? Damn that Gutenburg), amorality and immorality in politics have been somehow justified, even glorified. So, how about if we retreat a little, and start talking about how honesty, and loyalty, even idealism and generosity are things to be rewarded instead of punished? The problem may not be with our political system, it may be in our system of thinking about politics; for a revolution of which we are going to need either a prophet or a plague. Do you happen to have one of either just lying around?

3/22/2006 04:07:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I thinkif it is true that Raila runs a parallel Inteligence systems, and that system can unearth all the Dirty tricks of the Govt, then he should be encouraged.

Kenyan must be encouraged to blow the whistle. Raila like Githongo, should keep up the good fight.

I know citizen carried this article may be to encourage Raila surpoters to revolt. But I can assure you the Man is on top of things.

If the armenians are here illegally, I think it is okay for them to be exposed. We have been encouraging community policing. If they being protected by senior govt official, that is even worse, heads shoul roll. And if it is true they are engaged in criminal activities, then Michuki shoul be telling us what to do.

Remember the buck stops somewhere by the Hill............. Komanyo

3/22/2006 11:15:00 am  
Anonymous jk said...

Indeed, i 100% believe that mr. Agwambo must be having a secret intelligence men who caters information for him. it does not amaze therefore how him (Agwambo)speaks out with such a confidence and enthusiasm. Raila has come a long way passing through 'oceans' and 'seas'. we appreciate the fact that we are able to get information just at hand but also being courtious that we do not just believe everything rather test. Anyway "all that glithers are not Gold!!!"

3/22/2006 11:41:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow... Oga u mean Agwambo is giving the FBI and the CIA serious compe bana!

In the words of one of ur very talented artist there in Kenya "Compe ni compe roho safi"
:-) ama!!! Go Raila go Raila go...

3/22/2006 01:47:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh I be forget to sign off O; this has been, your westafrican corespondent,


3/22/2006 01:48:00 pm  
Blogger ziwani said...

The recent conflicting articles in the press of the mercenary debacle is proof that lies and propaganda even of the most mundane kind are being peddled by our so called democratically elected leaders in government. Question is why does gava uptill this moment have no official response, nothing has been recorded or clarified except the usual official response that thier is no response. Money has been poured to finish me at the kichinjio.Toboa!

3/23/2006 02:04:00 am  
Anonymous nyangi said...

i am totaly jazd yaani agwambo is a master of too many talents i think he should be incharge of security we need such men with big brains who dont just talk over rumours but somthing they have first hand information on.big up im wit you all da way agwamo rules

3/23/2006 09:51:00 am  
Blogger Shiroh said...

Well as one of true Raila haters, i can say i am not even amused. And even if be so.,i think he is a very dangerous man.

We dont need him, my contention has always been God protects Kenya. All Governments in the world do many things.

We have other foreigners living here apart from the Arturs and perhaps more dangerous.

And what is his intention of running parallel intelligence?

I think he is a bomb waiting to explode on Kenyans. I could not even wait for him to be a leader of Kenya. God forbid.

3/23/2006 01:28:00 pm  
Blogger tomas said...

thats a long post lemme copy paste it and read at home I'll be back

3/23/2006 05:25:00 pm  
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Blogger jke said...

Interesting article.
I wonder why - if Raila has these networks running (why shouldn't he, i'd prolly do the same) - he hasn't become prezzo yet or at least secured a position as PS in the Ministry for Internal Security or something like that.

To be honest, I never liked him until I saw him speaking fluent German. I must admit that he somehow fascinates me, and hence I can understand the passion and devotion Agwambo has at this grass root level. A scary personality, for sure...

3/24/2006 06:29:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May be we can classify him as deeply intelligent, but for what purpose? Does it add value to our lives? To him, its macho, but for a true leader, he doesnt pass the test. We are past the Soviet times,and we are looking for altruism, rather than aggression. We need a Gandhi in Kenya, not a Hitler. The power is within us to sieve the leaders from dirt. God bless Kenya.

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