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

Homabay decides, as 8 candidates battle it out

Voters in Homabay have gone to the polls to decide who will replace the late senator Otieno Kajwang who held the position on an ODM ticket. Voting for the senatorial by-election began at exactly 6.00am Thursday. The county has 326,505 registered voters in 878 polling stations.

The 8 candidates battling for the top stop are, Philip Okundi (Maendeleo Democratic Party), Moses Kajwang’ ( ODM), Benard Otieno (National Vision Party), Fred Rabongo (Natonal Agenda Party) : Hillary Alila, Innocent Masara, Edwin Matete and Medo Misama are all vieing on an Independent ticket.

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Homa Bay senate aspirant Silas Jakakimba has withdrawn from the February 12 by-election citing threats.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


Moses Otieno Kajwang named Homabay ODM candidate

After much anxiety and debate, the ODM board   finally announced the much awaited announcement today, ending days of speculation and anxiety among eight candidates gunning for the ODM ticket.

They named the Late Otieno Kajwang’s brother Moses Otieno as the preferred flag bearer for the Homabay seat.

A member of the elections board told the Star in confidence, “It has been no easy task to identify a successful candidate” for the senatorial race, given the roles each has played for the party.

“We are all set to go. After analysing several items on the table and consulting widely, we shall unveil Moses tomorrow [Tuesday] as the ODM candidate for the Homa Bay by-election,” the commissioner confided to the Star.

“All the candidates are equally qualified. Remember each of them has in one way or the other contributed in great ways to the party or its leader. We had to make a hard decision.”

-The Star


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.

ODM MPs propose Raila should succeed Kajwang’

Homa Bay leaders want Cord leader Raila Odinga to fill the vacant county senatorial seat following Otieno Kajwang’s death.

Nyatike MP Omondi Anyanga, speaking on behalf of the MPs, said Raila is the only politician who is capable of replacing Kajwang who died two weeks ago.

“We as the leaders of Homa Bay county want former Prime Minister Raila Odinga to honour Kajwang by contesting for the Homa Bay Senatorial seat,” Anyanga said at a press conference in Nairobi on Wednesday.

“My first choice for Homa Bay senator is the former prime minister Raila Odinga,” Kibera MP Kenneth Okoth posted on his Twitter account.

This comes after the IEBC on Monday set February 2 as the day for the Senate seat by-election.

The law of Kenya requires that a by-election be held within 90 days from when a seat is declared vacant.

Mbadi “I will not vie for the Homabay seat”

Suba MP John Mbadi has said he will not bow to the pressure to resign and run for Homa Bay senator.

He said many people have told him to run for senator because it is perceived to be more senior.

Mbadi said he will not as he has a contract with Suba residents to serve them as MP.

The seat was left vacant following Senator Otieno Kajwang’s death on November 18. The seat has not been officially declared vacant.

Speaking to the Star on the phone yesterday, the Suba legislator said it is too early to discuss the late Senator Otieno Kajwang’s successor.

“Let us burry Kajwang’ first,” he said.

Mbadi was last Saturday appointed ODM party chairman, a senior position that political pundits have said the MP should now move to the Senate.

But some politicians have asked Mbadi not to gamble with his political future, as it is better to be MP than resign and vie for senator with uncertainty of clinching the seat.

Former Karachuonyo parliamentary aspirant Anderson Ojwang’ said the political situation in Homa Bay is unpredictable and it would be unwise for Mbadi to let go his MP position.

“Mbadi who has since assumed the position of ODM national chairman must now concentrate in national politics and party management and streamline it ahead of the next elections,” Ojwang’ said in Kisumu yesterday.

He said ODM must allow Homa Bay residents to choose their preferred candidate for senator.

“The Homabay Senatorial race is a test for the party leader to ensure democracy, which the party stands for, is upheld,” Ojwang’ said.

He spoke as some MCAs asked the party to give senator aspirant Hilary Alila direct nomination as he emerged second after Kajwang’ in the 2013 general election.

Yesterday, Alila told the Star it is premature to discuss succession in the county.

“This is not the time to start campaigning. People are still mourning and we should shelve such ambitions and accord Kajwang’ an excellent send off,” he said.

– The Star