Desperate ODM sweats profusely as Homa Bay poll nears
10 February 2015, 14:08
Nairobi - With two days to go to the Homa Bay Senatorial by election, the Orange Democratic Movement ODM is sweating over a poll it is for once not sure of winning in its own perch.
The party is facing a monumental battle to retain the seat vacated by the late Otieno Kajwang who died in November of cardiac arrest.
With its candidate Moses Kajwang, the late Kajwang's brother dividing opinion and the popularity of fellow contestant Philip Okundi of the Maendeleo Party of Kenya not in question, the party faces a nervous wait to see if it will deliver in a poll that has so far looked to be lying on shaky ground.
And with bribery allegations on the ground coming from the party, it seems the tide has well and truly changed for ODM.
" They will lose the election, Juma Onyino," a Boda Boda rider in Homa Bay town says.
" Moses Kajwang is not popular and unless they steal the election, it is in all likely-hood that they will lose it," he added, an assertion that many others interviewed by News24 agreed with.
ODM has camped in the County in the last ten days, with increasing desperate measures used to ensure they win the poll.
But with reports that Kajwang and his brother Tom faked a recent doctors report on injuries suffered by the candidate in an alleged attack on him, it seems the party is desperate.
As is the claim that Okundi and the IEBC are plotting to rig the elections.
" It is unheard of to hear ODM complaining of vote rigging in Luo Nyanza. They are always usually straightforward elections, Isaac Nyangech," a political observer in the region said.
" ODM always wins elections in Luo Nyanza, they rarely find opposition big enough to draw them out of their cocoons."
" If the reports of the doctor's report, as well as the vote rigging claims are anything to go by, then these are clearly desperate times for the party."
" A loss would be a big blow. It will be interesting to see what happens," he added.
ODM chairman John Mbadi has called on supporters to turn out in numbers and shame the enemy in his latest message to locals, but his plea, littered with desperation, is a sign of what really lies ahead come Thursday February 12, 2015.
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