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Raila offers Meru ‘James Bond’ and his brothers jobs

Cord leader Raila Odinga promised the ‘Meru James Bond’ and his three brothers jobs after they met him on Monday in Nairobi.

Julius Mwithalii, 28, who clung onto a helicopter carrying Mr Odinga in Meru County recently, got the rare invite to the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader’s Capitol Hill office. The delegation comprised family members and ODM officials from Meru.

Speaking to the Nation by phone after the meeting, Meru County ODM chairman Robert Kathata said without going details that Mr Odinga promised to give the four jobs.

“We have met and our party leader has promised jobs for Mr Mwithalii and his three brothers, who are disabled,” said Mr Kathata. “We will be getting more details on Monday, when Raila will be holding a political rally in Meru County.”


Mr Odinga is expected in Meru on Monday, exactly a month after the incident during a voter registration drive at Maili Tatu in Igembe Central Constituency.

The Nation could however not got a comment from Mr Mwithalii and a representative from Mr Odinga’s office as calls and messages sent to them went unanswered.

Mr Mwithalii, from Thuuru Village, had earlier told the Nation that he did not cling to the helicopter for fun but it was a plan to go with Mr Odinga to his home to ask for a job.

The Standard Four dropout said his family is beset with a myriad problems and that he saw Mr Odinga’s visit as a chance to escape from grinding poverty.

Mr Mwithalii’s father is serving life imprisonment after he attacked their mother and three siblings, leaving them disabled. He chopped their limbs in a domestic row in 2000.