All this was done by a local fixer somewhere, using finances provided by a politician or an aspiring politician keen to impress the Prime Minister.
If power lies with the common man, the local political fixer leverages that power on behalf of the big man.
Do not be surprised then if you hear that a foreign investor cooled his heels at the reception of a ministry with only his briefcase for company while the big man he wanted to see was receiving a political briefing about what his opponent is up to from a fellow with Standard Four education.
If that is not clout, tell me another. Love or hate them, these village fixers make or destroy the powerful and they answer to the highest bidder.