See the men hoping to replace Kajwang’ as Homa Bay Senator

The race to replace the late Otieno Kajwang as Homa Bay Senator has begun to take shape after TNA nominated its candidate on Wednesday.

Engineer John Ogolla will fly the Jubilee coalition flag after he was nominated to contest on The National Alliance (TNA) party ticket.

Ogolla was nominated at a closed door meeting held by branch officials at the Tom Mboya Hall in Homabay town.

It may have been smooth sailing for the TNA nominee, but as expected the main battle will be within ODM which is the biggest party in the region.

The ODM ticket has already attracted 6 serious candidates for the by election slated for February 2nd 2014.

The party has decided that the nomination exercise for the party will be conducted by bonafide delegates  from Homa Bay County on Monday 15th December 2014.

After ODM leader Raila Odinga dismissed claims that he was interested in the seat, the following are now in the running for the party’s ticket according to KNA.

  • Dr George Omburo
  • Moses Kajwang, the late senator’s younger brother

    Moses Kajwang
    Moses Kajwang. Photo courtesy of facebook
  • Caroli Omondi, a former aides to party leader Raila Odinga

    Caroli Omondi. Photo courtesy of capitalfm.co.ke
    Caroli Omondi. Photo courtesy of capitalfm.co.ke
  • Innocent Masara, a businessman
  • Silas Jack
  • Hilary Alila, the Kenya Boxing Commission Chairman.

    Hillary Alila - courtesy of youtube
    Hillary Alila. Photo courtesy of youtube

The ODM candidates were expected to hold a joint campaign rally on Wednesday at Rose Muhando grounds in Homabay town.

The late senator Otieno Kajwang’s public viewing in Kisumu cancelled

Thousands of Kisumu residents who turned up to view the late Senator Otieno Kajwang’s body at Kisumu Stadium left a disappointed lot after not seeing their late senator.

The funeral organizer’s canceled the viewing scheduled to take place at the stadium after realizing they could not control the rowdy crowds.

The funeral procession then went on its journey to Homa Bay by road. Members of the public came out in numbers to receive the body which had been flown from Nairobi that same morning as they escorted the convoy through the streets of the lakeside town. Burial is set to take place on Friday at the late Senator’s rural home in Waondo village, Mbita.

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.

 

Requiem mass for Kajwang to be held at Uhuru Park

A requiem mass for the late Homabay Senator Otieno Kajwang will be held today at Uhuru Park grounds. The mass will later be followed by a public viewing of the body.

The service will be preceded by another for close friends and family members at the SDA church between 8am and 10am.

Kajwang’s body will be flown to Waondo Thursday ahead of his send-off on Friday.

President Uhuru mourns Senator Otieno Kajwang

President Uhuru Kenyatta has expressed his condolences following the passing of Homabay Senator Otieno Kajwang who suffered a heart attack, Tuesday night.

Uhuru described Kajwang as an eloquent debater, a patriot and nationalist. Here is the full message from the president. “It is with utter shock and deep sorrow that I have learnt of the sudden death of Senator Gerald Otieno Kajwang.

Senator Kajwang’s death is not only a big blow to his family but also to the people of Homa Bay County and the whole country which he served with commitment and dedication first as a Member of Parliament, a Minister and a senator.

I will always remember Senator Kajwang as an eloquent debater, a patriot and a nationalist.

Indeed, it is hard to comprehend how the cruel hand of death has so suddenly snatched Senator Kajwang from our midst. He was an energetic, jovial and an extremely pleasant person to deal with.

The death of Senator Kajwang reminds us of how fickle human life can be. It is, therefore, difficult for anyone of us to find the right words with which to express ourselves at such a sad time.

In this difficult time of mourning, I convey my deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to Senator Kajwang’s family, relatives, friends and the people of Homa Bay who he served diligently. I pray the Almighty God gives you all the strength and courage to bear the tragic loss.

May the Almighty God rest his soul in everlasting peace.”

Former Cabinet minister Otieno Kajwang dies

Homabay Senator Otieno Kajwang’ died Tuesday night after suffering a cardiac arrest.

According to family sources, the former immigration minister developed breathing complications at his Runda home and was rushed to Mater Hospital .

He died from a cardiac arrest at around 11:40 pm. He died at the age of  55 .

Mr. Kajwang will be remembered for his famous slogan “bado mapambano” and  his extremely beautiful hearty laugh.

He will also be remembered by the Kenyan online  fraternity for  the harsh tag #babawhileyouwereaway used to comically inform ODM leader Raila Odinga about what was happening in the country while he was on a trip abroad.

He was elected as Mbita constituency legislator in 1997. He served as the minister for immigration in the Grand coalition government from 2008-2013. He was elected senator for Homa Bay in the 2013 elections.