Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition presidential candidate Raila Odinga is said to have raised a quality amount of cash that will support his campaigns in his quest to be the next president come August.
According to close sources Raila hosted an exclusive dinner for invites only in which attendees paid up to Sh1 million for a meal at the Safari Park hotel.
The invites led by the Mt Kenya Foundation; a billionaires club patronised by businessmen from Central Kenya.
Close sources also revealed the high-class dinner also attracted deep-pocketed politicians and private sector tycoons mostly drawn from Mt. Kenya region and is said to have attracted over 500 guests.
Some notable guests at the event included the Mt Kenya Foundation chairperson Peter Munga, Royal Media Services owner S.K Macharia, former Commissioner General of Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) John Njiraini, Centum Investment chief executive officer James Mworia, chairman of the Nairobi Securities Exchange Kiprono Kittony and businessman Sam Wakiaga.
The political class had Governors Muriithi (Laikipia), Charity Ngilu (Kitui), Anne Kananu (Nairobi), Cornel Rasanga (Siaya), James Ongwae (Kisii), Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya, Azimio executive director Raphael Tuju and former Cabinet minister Fred Gumo.
Odinga and his running mate Martha Karua used the opportunity to spell out their strategy of fighting corruption should they form the next government.
Attendees of the event and top officials of the Azimio coalition yesterday remained guarded on the total amount collected at the fundraiser that came only three weeks to the polls.
Exclusive fundraising dinners for leading presidential candidates have become the norm in recent years, with contributors seeing them as an opportunity to build rapport with potential presidents and ease their access to the administration.