Winnie Odinga, Raila Odinga’s youngest daughter, always worked to overshadow NASA campaign strategists in 2017 polls, reports veteran journalist John Onyando.
Being the only active of the Odinga’s children, Winnie was part of the Communication Office team that managed the coalition’s inflow of information to the public.
In June 2017, recalls Onyando, ms. Odinga openly dismissed Secretariat chief, Willis Otieno, to Kisumu Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o’s disappointment.
“One day in June, campaign consultants from Aristotle Group from US were introduced to the staff by the then Kisumu Senator Anyang’ Nyong’o, who spoke briefly.
“When Willis Otieno was allowed to introduce his team, he introduced Winnie as group member,” recalls Onyando in his three series expose on inside Raila’s campaign.
And a charged Winnie, to the disappointment of Nyong’o, dismissed Otieno saying: “I am not in his team, he is the one who is in my team”
Mr. Onyando gives blow by blow account on how Raila’s Secretariat, the main campaign organ was rocked in infighting that nearly ‘disoriented his campaigns’.
At some point, adds Onyando, Raila was forced to technically replace Mr. Otieno, an astute lawyer with Joe Ager, just a month to August elections.
Later, President Uhuru Kenyatta would deport members of the Aristotle Group from the country on grounds that they had made entry illegally.