IEBC clears 3 candidates for the March 16 Kajiado Central by-election

IEBC has cleared 3 candidates to run for the Kajiado Member of National Assembly seat. The three are Memusi Kanchory (ODM), Patrick Tutui (JAP) and Nkashuma Kuntai an independent Candidate. The exercise continues today, Tuesday 17th.

Cord leaders led a tour of Kajiado Central on Monday after member Elijah Memusi was cleared to vie for the by-election by the IEBC. The tour was led by coalition chief Raila Odinga, co-principals Moses Wetangula and Kalonzo Musyoka and other party members.

They escorted Memusi to Maasai Technical Training Insitutue where he presented his papers ahead of the by-election on March 16.

“Memusi Kanchori was successfully cleared to participate in the upcoming poll. We look forward to yet another victory next month,” said Raila.

“We are not here for a show our might, we are here to sell our policies and request you to elect Memusi to Parliament.”

Cord and Jubilee Alliance Party supporters came face to face during the tour.ODM secretary general Ababu Namwamba told voters that they must replace former Kajiado Central MP Joseph Nkaissery, who was elected on an ODM ticket, with Memusi.

Kanchori was elected by Cord members to contest for the position under the ODM ticket. Party Communications director Philip Etale accused JAP supporters, led by Majority leader Aden Duale, of blocking the road at Ilbisil during the tour.

President Uhuru Kenyatta presented nomination certificates to JAP aspirant Patrick ole Tutui on Friday. Uhuru said the party held democratic nominations, the people picking Tutui as its flag bearer. “Those who lost in the nominations should work with the victor,” he said at JAP headquarters in Lavington.

Nkaissery endorsed Tutui as his successor during the session. Tutui described the JAP nomination as “the most rigorous


Moses Kajwang Wins Homabay Senatorial By-election With a Landslide

ODM’s Moses Kajwang is the new Homabay Senator after winning with a landslide with 100,000 votes to his closest competitor. The final provisional results released by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission(IEBC) show all the results from 878 polling stations for the 8 candidates.

Here are the final results,

3. FRED RABONGO- NAPK=2,829 Votes
5. MEDO LUKE CALVINS MISAMA- Independent=305 Votes
6. HILARY OCHIENG ONYANGO ALILA- Independent=525 Votes
7. INNOCENT OTIENO MASARA- Independent=275 Votes
8. EDWIN OMONDI MATETE- Independent=302 Votes

Jubilee clears seven aspirants for Kajiado Central primaries

Jubilee coalition Thursday cleared seven candidates to contest for the primaries in the Kajiado Central by-election to determine their best candidate for the seat. Five of those members are from TNA and two from URP.

January 24th is the official date set for the primaries while March 16th is the by-election date. The candidates are; Leina Mpoke, Patrick Tutui, Elijah Memusi Kanchori, Antony Kiroken and Joyce Kimonjino of TNA, Lemaron Nkaato and Stephen Nkabashi of URP.

The seat was left vacant after the member of parliament Joseph Nkaissery was appointed Interior Cabinet Secretary

Silas Jakakimba bows out of Homa Bay senate race

Homa Bay senate aspirant Silas Jakakimba has withdrawn from the February 12 by-election citing threats.

In a long statement posted on his Facebook page, Jakakimba said the “hard” decision was the best move in light of the intimidation.

“Even so, several things have since transpired including but not limited to direct security threats on the one hand, and on the other, though completely unrelated, the sudden demise of my brother, political confidant and close friend, Fidel Castro Odinga,” he said.

Jakakimba however did not rule out future participation in elections saying he will keep pursuing the interests of Homa Bay residents.

“Bado tuko Tayari to participate and engage in powering on development agenda of Homa Bay County and The Republic of Kenya (sic),” he said.

He urged the residents to vote for the most suitable candidate and called for peace and tolerance despite political differences.


IEBC extends nomination period for Homa Bay senatorial by election

Political parties now have until the 27th of December to conduct their nomination of candidates for the Homa Bay senatorial by-election set for February 12, 2015.

The extension follows a High Court order requiring that IEBC extends the political party primaries by ten days.

ODM had sought the extension after the party’s botched nomination exercise.

The delivery of nomination papers to the IEBC will take place between January 15th and 16th, 2015.

Official campaigns will then kick off on 17th January 2015 and end by 10th February 2015 – 48 Hours to the date of the by-election.

The Homa Bay senatorial seat fell vacant following the death of Otieno Kajwang.

ODM blames IEBC for botched nomination exercise, demands extension

ODM has written to the IEBC seeking an extension of the Homa Bay by election nomination exercise by two weeks.

This follows botched nominations for the senatorial by-elections held by ODM at the County Assembly after Homa Bay youths disrupted the exercise protesting the imposition of candidates. The youths destroyed ballot boxes and warned exercise coordinator Peter Adoyo of dire consequences if a candidate was imposed on them. Three people have been arrested so far following the chaos.

ODM has blamed the IEBC for the abortive exercise.

The party’s director of communication Philip Etale said the IEBC failed in its mandate to assist political parties to carry out a proper nominations exercise for the vacate Homa Bay Senate seat.

Citing a statement signed by Betty Nyabuto, the commission’s acting CEO, Etale said parties were given only two weeks to carry out the exercise. He said, in the past political parties have been given ample time to prepare for the nominations.

“Good examples are Makueni, Bungoma and Siaya by-elections last year. parties are given a 21-day notice to prepare for a by-election during which they can invite aspirants to apply, fill the forms, pay the requisite amount of money, ballot papers printed, clerks, presiding officers and returning officer recruited and trained then nomination exercise is conducted across the county by universal suffrage. The time given by the IEBC for the Homa Bay Senatorial seat was short and untenable by the Commission.” Etale said.

Etale further said that going by the IEBC’s letter, the Commission has treated the Homa Bay exercise “so casually and unprofessionally.”


Homa Bay ODM official attacked by youths for endorsing Raila for senate seat

A section of Homa Bay youths attacked acting county ODM chair Monica Amollo on Monday as she tried to endorse Raila for the Senate seat.

The youths attacked Amollo at Homa Bay Tourist hotel where she led several delegates in the botched endorsement.

Amollo however denied that the incident occurred at a press briefing at the ODM office in Homa Bay town.

“Looking at me, do you think I can be chased from a hotel? I just went for breakfast but I do not know about the incident,” posed Amollo.

Amollo and the delegates endorsed Raila as a suitable candidate for the seat during the press briefing.

In a statement read by ODM’s Kasipul Kabondo branch secretary general, Ronix Odida, the delegates argued that Raila as senator would protect the devolution he championed.

Raila however declined to vie for the seat at a press conference in Nairobi on Monday, saying he wants to concentrate on “the bigger task” of revamping ODM.


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.

MP Mbadi tipped to fill Kajwang’ shoes

Homa Bay Senator Otieno Kajwang’s passing has left behind big shoes to fill in the political landscape of the South Nyanza region as the succession battle shapes up.

Kajwang’ was until his death the political kingmaker of Homa Bay politics whose influence earned him a place among the most trusted allies and advisors of Cord leader Raila Odinga.

The Star Newspaper has learnt that a group of politicians from Homa Bay county are holding a series of secret night meetings to craft winning strategies ahead of the by-election.

Already, the political temperature is rising, with different politicians being touted as possible successors.

Some of the people being mentioned as frontrunners include Suba MP John Mbadi, Hilary Alila who came second to Kajwang’ in the 2013 elections, former Rangwe MP Philip Okundi, former Chief of Staff at Prime Minister Raila’s office Caroli Omondi and Sam Wakiaga.

Other contenders are former Gwasi MP Felix Nyauchi and former NSSF Managing Trustee Fred Rabongo.


ODM’s Stephen Kariuki clinches the Mathare parliamentary seat

ODM’s Stephen Kariuki has emerged the winner in today’s parliamentary by election in Mathare constituency Nairobi.

Kariuki, who is a son to former Assistant Minister Bishop Margaret Wanjiru, garnered 14,966 votes, against his closet challenger TNA’s George Wanjohi who got 14,082 votes. William Opondo was a distant third with 194 votes. A total of 9 candidates took part in the by-election including 4 independent candidates.

The by-election, marred by a poor turnout, was occasioned by the nullification of George Wanjohi’s election by the courts.