With reports that ODM has settled on the county delegates to nominate their candidate, the race has now been reduced to the groundsmen vs the moneyed.
For the moneyed, three billionaires are in the race, namely, Fred Rabongo, Phillip Okundi and Caroli Omondi.
The groundsmen are Silas Jakakimba, a former aide to Raila Odinga; and, Moses Kajwang’, brother to the late Otieno Kajwang’. For Moses, who has already been endorsed by the Kajwang’ family, the race pits him with an equally youthful candidate Silas Jakakimba, both from Mbita.
However, it is believed that Moses may end up at Orange House as the ICT director, because of his IT background and lack of proper profile to fit the senate. Unlike Jakakimba who was a firebrand at University of Nairobi’s Parklands campus and has worked as private secretary to Prime Minister Odinga for almost 7 years is considered senate material.
The need to have a strong candidate in the senate who can take on Jubilee’s Murkomen and Kithure Kindiki is the reason Raila is said to be considering to reward the Kajwang’ family with a top position at Orange house while his trusted aide Jakakimba goes to the senate to defend devolution.
Moses Kajwang’ being an ICT professional will help the party with the rebranding and also going digital. Directors at Orange house earn a salary of about 500k a month, not so bad for Moses Kajwang’.
Messrs Caroli, Okundi and Rabongo are said to have sighed with relief when it was announced delegates would determine the eventual candidate for ODM to face off with any other person in the race.