Delegates ask for cash in ODM Homa Bay nominations
14 December 2014, 11:41
Nairobi - Bribery allegations have surfaced in the nomination process for the ODM Homa Bay Senatorial race as delegates reap big from desperate candidates keen to win the party's lone ticket.
The party's nomination takes place Monday where a decision will be made as to who carries the more or less victorious party ticket for the by elections to replace the late Otieno Kajwang.
With ODM by far the dominant party in the region, wining the party's ticket means a direct entry into the Senate and thus aspirants, eight in number are not taking the nomination process for granted.
That said, there have been allegations of bribery of the 408 delegates set to make the decision of who will represent the party in the elections.
Some aspirants complained that they could not trace delegates to present and lobby their case, with the story being that they have been hidden by other candidates after being paid handsome amounts of money.
Others have on the other hand taken the process as a way of making money, meeting and extorting cash from as many contestants as possible.
" We cannot find delegates. They are nowhere to be seen. The nomination is tomorrow and I am yet to meet majority of them as they cannot be found, aspirant Fred Rabongo told News24.
" It might be a case of bribery but that cannot be substantiated for now, he added.
Some of the delegates, especially those from the sub branches, are said to be taking full advantage of the process to make money.
" They are asking for money. Lots of money. They are asking for money before they can listen to you," another aspirant who did not wish to be named for purposes of not compromising his campaign said.
It is understood that some are asking for as much as KES 50,000 to have an audience, a real money making scheme for them as desperation levels increase.
" It is the name of the game. You either pay or go home, one delegate said of the on-goings.
It is understood that many of the delegates were against former Prime Minister Raila Odinga running for the seat as they would not have reaped from the nomination process.
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