News filtering from sources close to the Orange party indicate the key players are fronting for the candidacy of the younger brother of the deceased Senator Otieno Kajwang’ – Moses.
The group fronting for Moses Kajwang points to Makueni County where the Wiper Party first endorsed Ms Kethi Kilonzo and when her candidature became untenable based on IEBC rules settled on his brother Mutula Kilonzo Junior, the two being children of the then serving senator Mutula Kilonzo Jnr.
However, and now with the hindsight of history, Mutula Kilonzo Jnr has been a big letdown to both Wiper and CORD, and Kenyans no longer remember what he stood for or has achieved in Senate. He is among the youthful senators who add to the numbers in Senate, with very little to show in terms of debates or even bills which pass to form government policy or the country’s laws.
This is in a sharp contrast to the role played by his father who, for all his failings, no one doubted the senior Kilonzo’s ability to make a stand and be passionate about it. The young lad is too consumed in the trappings which come with elective power.
Senator Kilonzo and Senator Otieno Kajwang’ share at least one thing: Both men were important pillars of the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy, CORD.
When he passed away, leaving gaping holes in the politics of the country and the coalition CORD, the population was whipped into supporting the junior Kilonzo, also a lawyer, albeit of low prominence.
For Kajwang’, the younger brother, an IT techncian, has been a completely absent fellow in the Kenyan political sphere. Until the untimely demise of his brother, Moses Kajwang’ worked and lived in Uganda. Meaning, the man is incredibly out of touch with not only Homa Bay politics, but also the country’s, being a distant observer from Kampala.
However, Kajwang’ has all the democratic rights to vie. He is a native of Homa Bay, like the other candidates. The Orange party should however be cautious in its attempts to ‘endorse’ the younger Kajwang’ just because he shares family with the older, more experienced deceased politician.