Prime Minister Raila Odinga WILL NOT contest the Homa Bay senator seat, it turns out Raila was only being polite to the elders, local elected leaders and local party officials. A European based public affairs consultant who has consulted for Raila previously confirmed to this writer that Raila will instead use the opportunity offered to give the residents of Homa Bay county direction who among the top contenders should be elected.
The top contenders for the seat are top Raila aide Silas Jakakimba, Henry Alila, Fred Rabongo and Engineer Okundi.
”Basically what the people of Homa Bay are saying is that they want Raila to indicate who is best suited to serve the Orange party and candidate Raila best, they simply want to give him the person he trusts just like he trusted hon Kajwang’. This is take a sweep at the monied Jubilee allied politicians (Kalausi) who have been trying to make in roads in South Nyanza” noted the consultant.
It is argued that in developed democracies sitting heads of government have gone back to perform legislative functions in parliament, an example is given of United Kingdom (Gordon Brown), Australia (Julia Gillard, Kevin Ruud), Israel (Arial Sharon, Ehud Barak, Benjamin Netanyahu), in USA (John McCain) Netherlands (Wim Kok, Luud Rubbers) Germany (Hemut Kohl, Gerhard Scholder) among others
Others have argued that those MPs pushing for Raila are just using him for their own ends, because they would want to run for Senator in 2017 and fear the incoming may overshadow their rise in the party.
They only want Raila as the Senator because as the next president, he is unlikely to defend the Homa Bay seat. That way no-one of their playmates or match emerges in my motherland county at this time.
That way they can all start at the same spot together (pari passu). That’s why Kaluma, Mbadi et al want to put HB in a “refrigerator”, to prevent a young energetic leader like Silas Chepkeres Jakakimba or Moses Kajwang from emerging.
They may be driven by jealousy, rather than love for their Baba.