Raila Choppers: Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has reportedly acquired four choppers from France. This has been revealed by The Standard newspaper in a report that was published on Friday.
According to the report, payment for the four helicopters has already been made. “Payment schedule for the choppers was completed last week pending delivery, with assembling set to be done in Nairobi,” the report said.
According to the Standard, the acquisition is the latest step in the former prime minister’s preparations to contest for the presidency in the 2022 general elections. “Yesterday, Raila also received a public address system procured from the United States for his public rallies,” the report said.
An ODM Member of Parliament who spoke to the publication said the choppers would be shipped soon. “The party has in the past pronounced itself on its plans for 2022. These are normal preparations. We expect the choppers to be shipped soon before they can be assembled locally,” the MP said.
The former prime minister has been enjoying a cordial relationship with President Uhuru Kenyatta following their 2018 handshake. The relationship has been viewed in some quarters as an endorsement of a Raila presidency by Uhuru, much to the detriment of his deputy president William Ruto who was anticipating an endorsement from the president. On the contrary, the relationship between Kenyatta and Ruto appears to have soured irredeemably. Raila Choppers.