Kajwang’s brother seeks to take over as Homa Bay Senator
Otieno Kajwang’s 35-year-old younger brother has declared interest in the Homa Bay County senatorial seat.
“My community has requested me to represent them to complete my late brother’s development projects,” Moses Otieno told the Star on phone on Wednesday,
Otieno said he is currently finalising consultations with the people of the county and that he will soon make a public announcement.
“I have been involved in political mobilization during the 1997, 2002 and 2007 elections in Mbita Constituency and the 2012 elections in Ruaraka Constituency,” he said of his qualifications.
“Like the late Senator Kajwang’, I am a strong believer in education and religion and I continue to provide personal support and contributions to churches and schools across the country,” he continued.
Otieno graduated from Moi University with a degree in Information Technology, a field in which he also has a Masters degree from Makerere University in Uganda.
“I am an information technology specialist and I have worked in the financial services and supply chain industries in East Africa for the last 12 years,” he said.
He works at an insurance firm.
ODM has assured all those eyeing the seat on the party’s ticket of a free and fair nomination process.
Secretary General designate and Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba said the party will use the opportunity to redeem itself.
He promised fair nominations for the Kajiado Central MP seat as well following Joseph Nkaissery’s nomination as Interior CS after President Uhuru Kenyatta sacked Joseph ole Lenku.
Nkaissery, whose resignation is expected, won the seat on an ODM ticket.
The other candidates vying for Homa Bay senator include Hilary Alila, who was Kajwang’s main contestant in the last election, former Rangwe MP Philip Okundi, Martin Ogindo, Silas Jakakimba and Fred Rabong’o.
Some MPs from South Nyanza are however said to be rooting for Raila Odinga. They include Opondo Kaluma (Homabay Town), Edick Anyanga (Nyatike) and Ken Okoth (Kibra).
They say Raila as senator would be able to spearhead devolution.