ODM warns members supporting rival aspirants in Homa Bay by-election

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HOMA BAY COUNTY: The Orange Democratic Movement ( ODM) has issued a stern warning to some of its members allegedly backing rival candidates in the Homa Bay senatorial race.

The party said those who directly or indirectly support other aspirants apart from ODM nominee Moses Kajwang’ would face disciplinary action.

Addressing the media in Kisumu, ODM Secretary for Political Affairs Opiyo Wandayi said any member who supports any other candidate apart from the party’s choice will have gone against the Political Parties Act and the ODM constitution.

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“We know there are people who are purporting to support Kajwang’ by day, but at night they are working hard and closely with our opponents,” said Wandayi.

He warned that nobody will be spared irrespective of their position and in the event the party establishes any member is working with opponents, action will be taken immediately against him or her.

Some MPs drawn from South Nyanza have reportedly in the recent past given the party a lukewarm reception and exhibited rebellion.

ANGRY CROWD

Last week, the ODM caravan that was traversing Homa Bay County was pelted with stones by an angry crowd, leading to injuries.

Wandayi also hit at other Homa Bay senatorial aspirants who had accused the Orange party of starting premature campaigns.

The aspirants who threatened to go to court should the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) decline to stop Kajwang’ from campaigning were Silas Jakakimba (United Democratic Movement ), Phillip Okundi (Maendeleo Party of Kenya) and Fred Rabong’o (National Agenda Party-Kenya).

The Ugunja legislator said ODM would abide by the timelines for campaigns as stipulated by IEBC, reiterating that they had not started campaigns.

“The timelines put by IEBC do not presuppose that people cannot go round with their friends to meet new ones and discuss issues,” he added.

He termed the notion that ODM is engaged in premature campaigns as fallacious and peddled by people who had sensed defeat and were trying to taint the party’s image.

He condemned last week’s events in Homa Bay, claiming they were pure criminal acts perpetrated by people who were organised, financed and hell bent on distracting the party from its course.

Wandayi accused Jubilee of having a hand in the recent spate of violence

-standardmedia.co.ke

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