Raila’s Campaign Manager Joins Safina Party as Wanjigi’s Presidential Running-Mate

Raila’s Campaign Manager Joins Safina Party as Wanjigi’s Presidential Running-Mate

Safina party presidential candidate Jimmy Wanjigi has picked the head of the Raila Odinga Presidential Campaign Secretariat Willis Evans Otieno as his running mate ahead of the general elections scheduled for August 9th, 2022.

Otieno who also serves as Wanjigi’s legal counsel is the managing partner of Otieno Ogola Advocates is a holder of Masters in Law attained the University of Nairobi (UoN).

The lawyer is an alumnus of Ecole Nacionale D’Administration-Paris or English National School of Administration (ENA).

The institution was started as the training ground for French leaders founded by President Charles de Gaulle and principal author of the Constitution (1958) Michel Debré, to democratise access to the senior civil service at the end of World War II in 1945.

It was closed on December 31, 2021 and replaced by the Institut national du service public (INSP).

One-third of every French cabinet since the 1960s and one-half of the Cabinet for recent administrations until Sarkozy’s were alumni of the ENA.

Since its creation 60 years ago, the ENA has trained 5600 French senior officials and 2600 foreigners. Some famous alumni include:

Head of stateValéry Giscard d’Estaing (France), Jacques Chirac (France), François Hollande (France), Emmanuel Macron (France), Nicéphore Soglo (Benin), Adly Mansour (Egypt, acting), Paul Biya (Cameroon)

Head of governmentJean Castex (France), Édouard Philippe (France), Laurent Fabius (France), Michel Rocard (France), Édouard Balladur (France), Alain Juppé (France), Lionel Jospin (France), Dominique de Villepin (France), Edem Kodjo (Togo), Alfred Sant (Malta), André Milongo (Republic of the Congo), Patrick Leclercq (Monaco), Jean-Paul Proust (Monaco), Brigi Rafini (Niger).

Other political leadersPavel Fischer (Ambassador of the Czech Republic to France 2003–2010, Czech presidential candidate 2018, ended third), Milos Alcalay (Venezuelan diplomat), Tea Tsulukiani (Minister of Justice of Georgia), Marcin Korolec (Minister of Environment, Poland), French left-wingJean-Pierre ChevènementÉlisabeth GuigouChristian Paul, French right-wingLaurent WauquiezJean-François CopéValérie Pécresse, French far-rightFrançois AsselineauFlorian Philippot.

Safina Party Presidential candidate Jimi Wanjigi shares a light moment with delegates and voters

Speaking at Ufungumano conference hall on Tuesday, May 17th, 2022, Wanjigi who ditched the ODM and joined the Safina party said he will seek to become Kenya’s next president under the Ark party.

“I did assure Kenyans that I will be on the ballot on August 9. And where I will be, it is where the next government will be formed. It will be a government of the people of Kenya and for the people of Kenya. Today, I am officially making that declaration as I unveil my deputy president designate,” Wanjigi said.

Wanjigi accused Raila and President Uhuru Kenyatta of working hard to stop him from vying for office.

The wealthy businessman cum politician accused the two who are the Azimio La Umoja coalition principals and founders of planning to whatever it will take to stop his presidential ambitions because the deem him as a threat in the race.