Okundi denies Jubilee links in Homa Bay poll

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HOMA BAY senator aspirant Phillip Okundi yesterday dismissed claims he is a Jubilee candidate.

He said he opted for the Maendeleo Development Party after a ODM failed to conduct free and fair nominations.

ODM directly nominated Moses Kajwang’, a brother of the late Otieno Kajwang’ to contest the seat.

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“If you can remember, I served ODM for five years as the National Elections Board chairman. I loved with all my heart, however, it seems my loyalty was not appreciated,” Okundi said.

Speaking to the Star in Homa Bay town, Okundi said he is the candidate best suited to represent Homa Bay people in the Senate.

“The Senate seat requires a lot of experience, which I have – unlike the novice in country politics and management,” he said.

Okundi said Homa Bay residents should be allowed to elect a person of their choice, instead of being manipulated by outsiders.

“I want to tell our people that it is time for change. We will no longer allow forces from outside to make decisions for us,” Okundi said.

On Thursday during a rally at Homa Bay Stadium, a number of speakers branded Okundi a Jubilee-sponsored candidate.

They said Okundi’s candidature is meant to divide the Luo community.

However, Cord leader Raila Odinga, told the rally termed Okundi as a “best friend”.

Still, he urged him to step down in favour of Kajwang’.

Raila however said the fight for Homa Bay senator seat is a war between Cord and Jubilee.

Two candidates, Silas Jakakimba and Aduke Ratemo, have already withdrawn from the race.

Others in the race include Fred Rabong’o.

The by-election will be held on February 12.

– star.co.ke

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