NASA’s manifesto was reedited at a high-end Nairobi hotel — to include unapproved multi-billion-shilling projects — and the reworking nearly jeopardised the grand unfurling of the blueprint .
The Star has established that technocrats at the NASA presidential secretariat only realised the existence of two versions of the manifesto on Tuesday last week, hours before the manifesto launch.
Both are on the NASA website, one now called an implementation document.
The existence of the two manifestos — the one with mega projects now disowned as ‘not the official manifesto’ — has been a huge embarrassment for the alliance that says it wants to fight cartels.
The second document is seen as catering to interests that want huge tenders from a NASA government.
Inquiries by the Star indicate a prominent figure in Raila Odinga’s campaign secretariat obtained the finalised document just days after it was ready for publication.
With a team of designers, the man spearheaded the re-editing to incorporate numerous capital-intensive projects. These included roads, a bridge, a public university and ICT centre in every county, airstrips upgraded to commercial standards, among others.
The result was a document riddled with mistakes.
In a glaring spelling blunder, for instance, the NASA logo misrepresented the core message of change, instead introducing a distortion and contradiction.
In place of the official motto Mambo ya Badilika (Things are Changing), the edited non-manifesto was written Mambo ya Badilikia (Things are Turning Against).
Only moneybags met at the venue where the changes were made.
And they quaffed the best.
For instance, Remy Martin Louis XIII brandy, retailing at Sh460,000 a tot. The bottle goes for Sh1,300,500.
NASA technocrats who authored the original document, led by economist David Ndii, are said to have hit the roof over claims business lobbyists were creating tenders for themselves.