ODM grants Moses Kajwang’ direct nomination for Homa Bay Senate seat
Nairobi, Kenya: The Orange Democratic Movement ( ODM) Tuesday granted Moses Otieno Kajwang’ direct nomination to vie for the Homa Bay senatorial seat. The party had, however, settled on its preferred on Monday, after serious deliberations and consensus following the aborted delegates meeting.
According to credible sources who attended the high-profile closed-door meeting, the party’s National Election Board conducted a six-day survey in the county to gauge the aspirants’ popularity. It was this exercise that allegedly informed them to pick on the late Senator Otieno Kajwang’s brother Moses Otieno Kajwang’ to be the flag bearer. “The National Elections Board will now proceed to issue Mr. Kajwang’ with the certificate to allow him to present the nomination papers to the IEBC in January next year,” said Board chairperson Judy Pareno while making the announcement at Orange House. Other aspirants also eyeing the ODM ticket include former National Social Security Fund Managing Trustee Fred Rabongo, former Rangwe MP Phillip Okundi, businessman George Mboya and former Raila’s aide Silas Jakakimba.
The candidates committed themselves to rally behind the chosen candidate during a series of meetings held to reach a compromise, following the short notice issue by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries (IEBC) to conduct party primaries.