The race for the Homabay senatorial seat is set to get complicated after Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero yesterday threw his weight behind Maendeleo Democratic Party candidate Eng. Philip Okundi.
Governor Kidero said that after a lot of consultation with both elected and aspiring leaders, youth, church leaders and elders from Homabay county, he had settled on the experienced Okundi to replace the late Otieno Kajwangâ€™, who died last November at a Nairobi Hospital.
His statement is set to further fuel fire in the Orange Democratic Party, which he is a member, but he was quick to add that the will of the people must be respected.
Speaking in his office after a meeting with leaders from the county who had paid him a courtesy call, Governor Kidero said that after lengthy deliberations with Homabay stakeholders, they had found out that the ODM candidate Moses Kajwangâ€™ was not the peoples choice adding that the decision not to hold credible nominations will cost the party dearly.
â€œThe problem with those entrusted with the ODM party leadership is that they hardly learn from our past mistakes. The nominations debacle has cost us numerous seats in the past and itâ€™s high time we dealt with the issue for once and for all and allow the peoples choice to be elected rather than impose unpopular candidates on the electorate.
He warned that failure to address the nominations issue will condemn the Orange party to the opposition, despite it being the most popular party in the country.
â€œHomabay people, despite their loyalty to the party, were not consulted on who they want to be their next Senator, a candidate was imposed on them hence my decision to back the peoples senator who is Eng. Okundi,â€ he added.
He also took a swipe at Mbadi, warning him not to get too drunk with power. â€œAs the party chairman, he should be the last person to intimidate Homabay MPâ€™s who are not supporting his candidate, he should be the unifying factor and voice of reason, but he has turned out to be more excited with hurling insults at real and imagined opponents, less we remind him that he was not elected the party chairman but was appointed to serve the party.
â€œI wish to remind the current crop of ODM leaders that most of the leaders in government today were once staunch members of ODM but they left after democracy, which ODM preaches was muzzled. We are not ready to lose any more members as we prepare to take over the government in 2017 with Raila Odinga as our presidential candidate.
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