Businessman Jimmy Wanjigi has explained how he hid ODM leader Raila Odinga for a week after the illegal swearing-in ceremony that took place on January 30, 2018, at Uhuru Park as the ‘Peoples president’.
Wanjigi who has expressed his ambitions to battle it out with former Prime Minister for ODM presidential ticket said that they feared that the state could visit Raila or cause harm to him.
He said that the then-Attorney General Githu Mwigai had threatened to have the former prime minister arrested for treason.
Wanjigi who was in Odinga’s innermost circle during the dramatic 2017 presidential election further revealed that Raila had pre-recorded a swearing-in video since they suspected that he would be blocked from taking the oath on a material day.
“The idea of pre-recording video was out of fear that we may not get to the park on January 30. We could be arrested and the event scattered but we had three approaches,
“One was to have the video, two was a plan to have a secret venue if we could not get to Uhuru Park and the final option was the Uhuru Park rally,” Wanjigi said as quoted by the Daily Nation.
The businessman further said that all the three other NASA principals including Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Moses Wetang’ula (Ford Kenya), and Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper) skipped the exercise and termed it illegal.
“It was a great historical period. This was one of those situations where we push democracy beyond boundaries never envisaged,
“Now in hindsight, people think it was no big deal but at the time, I can tell you that the number of people who called it treasonous and predicted the worst Kenya were many,” he said.