Nairobi, Oct. 11 -- With deep pockets and international networks, they are an asset to any political campaign - the ultimate power brokers.

The wealthy businessmen reportedly bankroll campaigns for top presidential contenders and other candidates for various seats. However, most of them prefer to pull the strings away from the public eye.

The secrecy is sometimes because some hedge their bets with different political camps, so that whichever side wins, they identify with the victors.

However, others have openly declared support, and are actively involved in campaigns by hosting delegations to sell their preferred candidates.

Every region has these tycoons. In places such as Mt Kenya, they have formed an influential lobby that manipulate...