Weekly Citizen article on “Raila’s secret spy network”

March 22, 2006 at 12:39 am 36 comments

In his famous book the 48 Laws of Power, author Robert
Green advises those who want to be succesful leaders
to be as cunning as foxeswhen dealing with both friend
and foe. In rule number 14 titled ‘Pose as a friend,
work as a spy’, he states: ‘Knowing about your rival
is critical. Use spies to gather valuable information
that will keep you a step ahead. Better still, play
the spy yourself. In polite social encounters, learn
to probe. Ask indirect questions to get people to
reveal their weakness and intentions. There is no
ocassion that is no opportunity for artful spying.”
Raila Amolo Odinga – the politician affectionately
nicknamed Agwambo by his supporters – is a man who has
perfected this art of spying on both friends and
enemies and the noxious merceneries saga is the latest
and most credible case that has proved claims that the
Lang’ata MP runs a very effective parallel secret spy
THE MP, using this elaborate network, has effectively
infiltrated key state institutions including the
police force which falls under the office of the
president, the sensitive immigration ministry whose
headquarters are at Nyayo House, the Kenya Ports’
Authority, the Registrar of Companies and Kenya
Revenue Authority’s motor vehicle registration
Additionally, the MP, a political strategist of no
mean repute, has a formidable information gathering
machinery whose work is to collect and process as much
intelligence as possible on his real and perceived
For instance, during his political duels with the late
Vice-President Wamalwa Kijana, he enlisted the
services of a Wamalwa kin who had 24-hour access to
Wamalwa to effectively monitor his rival’s activities.
It is said Raila capitalized on the infighting among
the late Senator William Wamalwa’s siblings to achieve
the spying aim. Using the relative, Wamalwa was able
to receive information on which people had spoken to,
where he had slept and the cars he had used.
It should be recalled that Wamalwa was always
ridiculed as a politician who liked watching cartoons,
the favourite being Tom and Jerry. This information
is said to have been passed to the public after Raila
received it from the Wamalwa kin. Indeed Wamalwa
enjoyed watching cartoons, at times at the expense of
very important functions.
And while he served as minister in the Moi cabinet and
untill recently the Kibaki cabinet, raila made sure
that he had all the necessary intelligence on all
ministers, particularly those from Nyanza province
opposed to his politics.
Word has it that last year, a Luo minister warned his
driver and bodyguards to stop associating with Raila’s
bodyguards and drivers. This was after the minister
discovered that Raila’s bodyguards and drivers had a
habit of talking ill of their boss openly, claiming he
was arogant and mean. This was a strategy to get
others talking about their bosses, information that
was passed on to Raila. This way, the enigmatic MP
learnt a lot of secrets on the ministers.
An insider in Raila’s camp says through such networks,
the Lang’ata MP has gathered massive intelligence on
practically all the important politicians in the
“Agwambo knows which politician coughs at night, their
favorite drinks, love affairs, business associates and
investments and of course bank accounts,” said the
insider who did not want to be named.
A shrewd political operative, he has a secret security
network which travels ahead of him during public
functions including weddings and funerals.
The politician has very strong contacts in the media,
ussually at senior management and editorial levels.
These contacts brief him on all the news that touch on
him or his political interests before the information
is made public.
Last week when the alleged Armenian mercenery, Artur
Margayan visited Standard Group offices, Raila aides
were spotted at I&M Buildings in a white Peugeot
vehicle registration KWS 606 an hour before the
controversial businessman arrived. A Lang’ata
councillor, Opete Opete, was also spotted at the press
conference. What he was doing there is anyone’s
The two well-built men kept on talking on mobile
phones and when the alleged mercenery was forced to
flee a lynch mob, one of Raila’s men was heard
communication the information to a second party.
That the government is concerned and worried about
Raila’s information gathering machinery was well
manifested when an immigration officer suspected to
have given Raila details of the Armenians from the
Immigration Department was suspended.
The officer was suspected to have been instrumental in
giving out the photocopies of passports and work
permits of the two controversial brothers.
Copies of the two passports displayed by Raila to the
media indicated that the two men, born in 1970 and
1973 respectively entered Kenya for the first time on
January 23, 2006 and were issued with residence visas
for two years. The passports also show that the two
travelled to Dubai between 2005 and 2006. Weekly
Citizen has information that initially the CID thought
the copies of passports were not genuine and made a
follow-up at Immigration offices. To their suprise,
the copies were of genuine passports.
And to add insult to injury, Raila went ahead to name
the residential house in Runda where the Armenians
were staying beside providing information on a truck
registration KAU 967W that was seen entering and
off-loading materials in the compound before speeding
away with occupants.
Raila’s recent exposes, complete with documentary
proof, is said to have caught top CID officers and the
staff at the National Intelligence Security Services
(NSIS) headquartered at Ruaraka and headed by Michael
Gichangi off-step.
According to observers, Raila has penetrated a section
of the country’s intelligence that is giving him
useful information that he has been using to embarass
the government.
A second theory has it that a group of influential
personalities who were recently elbowed out of State
House after being fingered by former Ethics PS John
Githongo is on a revenge mission and could be
responsible for the credible adverse information Raila
has been releasing with such devastating effects.
The fallen group which still enjoys sympathy in
various strategic government departments can lay their
hands on confidential government documents including
those at State House.
Last week, state intelligence network were pursuing
ODM luminaries for leads on the merceneries, exposing
how the raid at the KTN studios and the Standard
newspapers at I&M Building and on the Standard press
at Likoni Road was excuted on March 2.
ODM claims that more foreigners among them Tanzanians
including a woman only identified as Shifana are on
the government’s dirty payroll. They have been issued
with police certificates and guns by a CID officer
which they used to plan and raid the Standard.
Police are puzzled that Raila’s network was able to
identify the vehicles used in the raid whose
registration were given as KAQ 010W, KAU 828Y (white
Lexus), and KAP 448Z, a blue Mitsubishi and KAR 4553H,
a green Toyota Prado.
Raila’s underground network has been able to unearth
numbers of several vehicles that are available to
foreigners. They are KAH 980M, a blue Merceded Benz
320; KAS 501S a Mercedes Benz 320; KAQ 010W and KAU
838Y, both white Lexus; KAT 331P, a white Volvo; KAR
453H Toyota Prado Green; KAU 801P, a grey Land Rover
Discovery; KAT 285Y blue Peugeot 406; GK A222H white
Subaru; KAS 847F, a blue Mercedes Benz KAQ 215J; blue
Subaru and KAP 448Z a blue Mitsubishi.
It is suspected Raila has been able to capitalize on
the current infighting among Kibaki close confidantes
to access sensitive information. For example, queries
are being asked how how the fiery MP established that
two officers from the presidential escort unit have
been deployed as bodyguards and drivers to the
Our informant tells us that Raila gets sensitive
information either directly or from close allies in
the business, social and political areas. It is said
that Raila’s information gatherers are to be found on
streets of Nairobu, Mombasa and Kisumu and when they
land on information they either call him directly or
his aide.
The network, according to sources has to verify
information. For example if news comes in that Kibaki
was planning to visit Kisumu and raila is not aware,
the network immediately starts gathering hints from
close men associated with Foreign Affairs Minister
Raphael Tuju.
The reason here is that the president cannot visit
Nyanza without Tuju’s knowledge.
We have established that among politicians Raila has
detailed his men to monitor closely are Prof. George
Saitoti, Uhuru Kenyatta, Kalonzo Musyoka, Nicholas
Biwott, James Orengo, Musalia Mudavadi, Gideon Moi,
Najib Balala, David Musila, Musikari Kombo, William
Ruto, Mukhisa Kituyi, Simeon Nyachae, Raphael Tuju,
Mutula Kilonzo, Fred Gumo and Cyrus Jirongo among
And within Kibaki’s kitchen cabinet, Raila is
interested in the activities of Strategic Planning PS
Stanley Murage, ministers Njenga Karume, Amos Kimunya,
John Michukl and Martha Karua. Francis Muthaura
secretaery to the cabinet and head of the civil
service, George Muhoho, Eddy Njoroge and Joe Wanjui,
Chancellor University of Nairobi.
Within the Asian community, is is said the late road
contractor Sunil Behal alias “Lord Fupi” used to be
Raila’s informer. For now Raila, the man who studied
in the then Communist East Germany gets tips from a
number of Asians in Nairobi who have roots in Kisumu
and are fluent in the Luo language, which they use to
communicate in five-star hotels.
For Raila’s security network, he is said to mostly
depend on ex-air servicemen who were involved in the
1982 coup. It is this group that is said to have been
used as advance party during last year’s referendum
campaigns. Travelling in hired Nissan vans, with
crude weapons, petrol bombs and with mobile phones,
they offered security for ODM luminaries throughout
the hectic campaign period.

Source: Weekly Citizen, March 20-26th, 2006; pp.1-2.

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  • 1. WM  |  March 22, 2006 at 4:07 am

    Well, basically, aren’t you just saying that this guy has just passed Niccolo’s test with flying colours? That is, if you want to define politics that way, which I think is the problem. Ever since that damned Machiavelli got published (who let him? Damn that Gutenburg), amorality and immorality in politics have been somehow justified, even glorified. So, how about if we retreat a little, and start talking about how honesty, and loyalty, even idealism and generosity are things to be rewarded instead of punished? The problem may not be with our political system, it may be in our system of thinking about politics; for a revolution of which we are going to need either a prophet or a plague. Do you happen to have one of either just lying around?

  • 2. Anonymous  |  March 22, 2006 at 11:15 am

    Well, I thinkif it is true that Raila runs a parallel Inteligence systems, and that system can unearth all the Dirty tricks of the Govt, then he should be encouraged.

    Kenyan must be encouraged to blow the whistle. Raila like Githongo, should keep up the good fight.

    I know citizen carried this article may be to encourage Raila surpoters to revolt. But I can assure you the Man is on top of things.

    If the armenians are here illegally, I think it is okay for them to be exposed. We have been encouraging community policing. If they being protected by senior govt official, that is even worse, heads shoul roll. And if it is true they are engaged in criminal activities, then Michuki shoul be telling us what to do.

    Remember the buck stops somewhere by the Hill…………. Komanyo

    • 3. ken  |  August 13, 2016 at 2:54 pm

      this is how Kenya should be

  • 4. jk  |  March 22, 2006 at 11:41 am

    Indeed, i 100% believe that mr. Agwambo must be having a secret intelligence men who caters information for him. it does not amaze therefore how him (Agwambo)speaks out with such a confidence and enthusiasm. Raila has come a long way passing through ‘oceans’ and ‘seas’. we appreciate the fact that we are able to get information just at hand but also being courtious that we do not just believe everything rather test. Anyway “all that glithers are not Gold!!!”

  • 5. Anonymous  |  March 22, 2006 at 1:47 pm

    Wow… Oga u mean Agwambo is giving the FBI and the CIA serious compe bana!

    In the words of one of ur very talented artist there in Kenya “Compe ni compe roho safi”
    🙂 ama!!! Go Raila go Raila go…

  • 6. Anonymous  |  March 22, 2006 at 1:48 pm

    Oh I be forget to sign off O; this has been, your westafrican corespondent,


  • 7. ziwani  |  March 23, 2006 at 2:04 am

    The recent conflicting articles in the press of the mercenary debacle is proof that lies and propaganda even of the most mundane kind are being peddled by our so called democratically elected leaders in government. Question is why does gava uptill this moment have no official response, nothing has been recorded or clarified except the usual official response that thier is no response. Money has been poured to finish me at the kichinjio.Toboa!

  • 8. nyangi  |  March 23, 2006 at 9:51 am

    i am totaly jazd yaani agwambo is a master of too many talents i think he should be incharge of security we need such men with big brains who dont just talk over rumours but somthing they have first hand information on.big up im wit you all da way agwamo rules

  • 9. Shiroh  |  March 23, 2006 at 1:28 pm

    Well as one of true Raila haters, i can say i am not even amused. And even if be so.,i think he is a very dangerous man.

    We dont need him, my contention has always been God protects Kenya. All Governments in the world do many things.

    We have other foreigners living here apart from the Arturs and perhaps more dangerous.

    And what is his intention of running parallel intelligence?

    I think he is a bomb waiting to explode on Kenyans. I could not even wait for him to be a leader of Kenya. God forbid.

    • 10. musah  |  February 22, 2013 at 11:44 am

      i think you dont understand. It will take God himself to make people like you to see and perceive the obvious. What has Raila done to make you hate him that much.

  • 11. tomas  |  March 23, 2006 at 5:25 pm

    thats a long post lemme copy paste it and read at home I’ll be back

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  • 13. jke  |  March 24, 2006 at 6:29 am

    Interesting article.
    I wonder why – if Raila has these networks running (why shouldn’t he, i’d prolly do the same) – he hasn’t become prezzo yet or at least secured a position as PS in the Ministry for Internal Security or something like that.

    To be honest, I never liked him until I saw him speaking fluent German. I must admit that he somehow fascinates me, and hence I can understand the passion and devotion Agwambo has at this grass root level. A scary personality, for sure…

  • 14. Gichangi  |  July 17, 2006 at 5:56 pm

    Who on earth would like to be led by a dictator Raila? A coup plotter!! He would better move to Nigeria and try his bullish type of leadership there. Why can he start showing his leader quality by starting projects in Kibera. It is a shame he has been an MP for the area for that long but no development.

  • 15. Gichangi  |  July 17, 2006 at 6:00 pm

    Who on earth would like to be led by a dictator Raila? A coup plotter!! He would better move to Nigeria and try his bullish type of leadership there. Why can he start showing his leader quality by starting projects in Kibera. It is a shame he has been an MP for the area for that long but no development. Yeye ni mdomo tu. An empy tin makes a lot of noice. I think Mr Sikuku realized that akafunga mdomo.

    South Africa

  • 16. DR. McOminde  |  August 17, 2007 at 5:03 pm

    Dear Gichangi
    Thank you for the mail but am sory you soung childish premature, and un Educated. Try to reason next time you read political columns. Be wise!

    Prof. A.J. Ominde
    South Africa

  • 17. DR. McOminde  |  August 17, 2007 at 5:04 pm

    Dear Gichangi
    Thank you for the mail comments, but am sorry for you for sounding Childish, Premature, and Un Educated. Please ry to reason next time you read political columns. Be wise!

    Prof. A.J. Ominde
    South Africa

    • 18. samuel  |  September 24, 2012 at 12:17 pm

      i do conqure with you mr gichangi.let odinga show as the records not vitendawili.

  • 19. Mr. SWaKy  |  June 5, 2008 at 10:43 am

    It is good to be ahead of things like Mr Agwambo is. Infact, this makes me jealous of him that he could be just next to me as I write this.
    what I don’t like about it is that since he seems to mistrust his friends and foe alike, it makes him a very dangerous man to be around. I now think I would rather be his foe rather than a friend because all in all, he will spy on me and know even when I fall of my bed at night. I don’t like it.
    Just imagine HE is the president and YOU found something like about the Arturs or Anglo leasing and you want to expose it. Do you think you will get to openning your mouth before you are dead?, it is evident that if he gets full power, no dirty linen about him would be exposed. And that my friends and foes, puts us all in the same shoes. SUBJECTS. Can you feel me readers???.

  • 20. JOHN GITHINJI  |  December 24, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Raila is one man who should never and MUST never become president of this country. woe unto us all and kenya at large if this man ever becomes president.

    Raila is a very bitter man.A man bent on destruction and revenge.Woe unto some people like the former president if Raila ever becomes head of state.

    Arise Uhuru, William Ruto, Balala and VP Kalonzo.Make sure that this man is destroyed before 2012

  • 21. Noah  |  July 29, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    I reserve my comments. Its History

  • 22. Konja Warioba  |  August 26, 2010 at 12:28 pm

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    A number of victims in her “pyramid”, perhaps including unsuspecting companies may be in her web.

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  • 23. Isaac Newton Kinity  |  January 2, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    “Watajikaanga na mafuta yao”[They will fry themselves with their own fat], was a daily slogan spoken by the former Kenyan President, Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi for many years, whenever he addressed a crowd of Kenyans. President Moi stopped relaying the above message to Kenyans in 1989. What Moi meant with that clause, has remained a puzzle to many Kenyans up to this day.
    To a few Kenyans who became inquisitive from the beginning, the puzzle started to unravel in 1985 when thousands of Kikuyus who worked and lived in many forest stations along Mau forest, were unceremoniously evicted. The brutal and the arrogant manner through which the exercise was carried out, sent shivering messages to the few observant Kenyans. Those who worked as employees of the Government in the forest, were laid off and were among thousands of desperate Kenyans who lined up along the Njoro Nakuru Road in make shift tents. Many of them died of disease and cold. Those fortunate and had some money applied for licenses to erect kiosks in nearby towns.
    From year to year after they erected and stalked their kiosks, government agents accompanied by the “Jeshi la Mzee”, stole all that was in those kiosks and demolished them in the late hours of the night. Fearing the worst in the continued destruction of their licensed kiosks, some of them joined in the sale of vegetables, pencils, pens and other small items on the streets of the cities while others went to become touts. The Kenya police descended on the touts and all those who were on the streets selling different items, beating them and throwing tear gas to them.
    The number of unemployed and desperate Kikuyus increased when attacks and evictions of the community from the Rift Valley started. Since 1985 to 1991/92 when those attacks and evictions started, thousands of the members of the Kikuyu community joined others on the streets, at the bus stations as touts. Soon after the Police were busy chasing and beating them. But the number continued to swell for the next 14 years because of the continued attacks, killings and evictions.
    Every time they tried to earn a honest living, the Kenya government forcefully went to deny them all means of livelihood. It was after those unemployed kikuyu youth were denied all means of their livelihood when they turned on their own community for survival. The turn of the Kikuyu youth on their community, and their subsequent illegal demands of money, often resulted to deaths of innocent people. That was what Moi referred to as “Watajikaanga na mafuta yao”. It is therefore evident that President Moi tried as hard as he could to make sure that the Kikuyus became desperate enough in life and killed one another after he denied them every venue from which they would earn a honest living. So, when the Kikuyu youth started killing their own people, in search of money for survival, it was “Wanajikaanga na mafuta yao”[they were frying themselves with their own fat], just as President Moi had planned.
    What became perplexing was the behavior of President Mwai Kibaki and Hon. John Michuki towards their own Kikuyu youth. If they lacked the wisdom to understand the Moi Slogan”Watajikaanga na mafuta yao” they should have consulted with the wise Kikuyu men in order to avoid the deaths of their daughters and sons who were ruthlessly killed in thousands in the name of destroying Mungiki. Who are the Mungiki youth? Are they not the sons of President Kibaki and Hon. Michuki and the sons of the Kikuyu community? Next time, President Mwai Kibaki and Hon. John Michuki have doubts in their decisions, they should seek the advice of the wise men and women in their community, before making certain sensitive decisions which touch on the welfare, lives and survival of their community instead of giving orders which may result to their death.
    Isaac Newton Kinity
    Former Secretary General
    Kenya Civil Servants Union and Chairman
    Kikimo Foundation for Corruption and Poverty Eradication.

  • 24. Kip otieno  |  April 4, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Raila has always been controversial even when in government he uses another network to spy himself ? So wicked of a leader who lives on suspicion day in day out, he must be doing same to Ida.

    • 25. Ngomee  |  November 3, 2012 at 9:52 am

      Kip if you cant much them join them. Never has information been wicked more so when it serves to save a greater majority. Stop being naive.

  • 26. harris kelly  |  July 19, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    ilike the game

    • 27. Onyancha  |  January 29, 2012 at 9:26 am

      Can u exactly state why so many people are ganging up against Raila Surely? Isn’t he a kenyan? If we judge him not to be president coz of his experience in almost every aspect then we are doomed! Some other guyz in the race to president were against the new constitution which eventually passed, can they now pretend to embrace it if they are given tyme for the top office? Be realistic don’t pretend. It is a mistake he is not the prezzo currently abut as he quoted during the last fraudulent election; “History will judge those that are denying the Kenyans what they want”

  • 28. Onyancha  |  January 29, 2012 at 9:29 am

    God knows beforehand the next leader. God bless Kenya

  • 29. dominic owuor  |  July 11, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    wacha waseme usiku watalala Raila Amolo Odinga is the only true reformist ,kenyans we forget so soon,rem muite,orengo,shikuku,karua, njoya,imanyara and many others who fought 4 second liberation where were the others who are now making the loudest noise…………….walikuwa wapi? sasa wanatuambia tusahau ya zamani is it possible……

  • 30. Ruth  |  October 25, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Raila, JUST NO. period.

  • 31. Hercules  |  January 23, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Well, that’s a good idea. But what if we talk of Miguna or Tony Gachoka? Does that mean his secrets are exposed, or he cant even keep a confidant?

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  • 35. margaret  |  June 12, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    What I experienced in 2007 elections is enough to say secret investigator are worse than murderers .i was in eldoret pioneer location Langas estate .i am born in Uasin Gishu and now staying in Germany.i want to say Raila should think twice on what he does and that is why he can never and will never be a presdent coz according to his character he is a fighter but not a leader.Go back to the bible,as much as Jesus new he had power to conquer many leader he was always humble
    Rails can never humble himself .Am not saying our leaders are good nobody is perfect what matters is the percent of perfection . He must know people are now learned and as much as we have problems In our country he must learn to solve. The problems with diplomacy not by inciting citizens to demonstrate.the citizens know demonstration is fighting killing your opponent destroying all valuable things and taking revenge to your neighborhoods and business rivals.Dont pretend Raila be yourself you do Avery good work by updating the citizens but you don’t give them solution. If the fire is burning inside the Government put water on it to cool it but don’t call for wind.you will kill the country.After all We are all diner.Remember when the multitudes took the stones high to kill this woman was a prostitute in the bible, Jesus told them whoever has never sined rise up your stone and throw it nobody attempted
    My last word Humble yourself and God Is going to give you a chance don’t mix yourself
    Think once more,you know your hidden secret problems and God knows what harm or good can brink to the country. Thank you.

  • 36. Deonatus  |  June 4, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    give a try to Raila amolo and see the best out come. i remember back in 1999 when live in nairobi when we bought sugar, milk, bread, unga and any thing of the kind at an affordable price like bread was only 23 bob. and that was life but nowdays mkanjoo au unga 150 duh isio kenya ninayo ifahamu even if ipo Tz but life sikamavile tulikuwa tunaishi


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