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Homa Bay Senate aspirant quits race, cites death threats

15 January 2015, 11:58 William Korir

Nairobi - Homa Bay Senatorial seat candidate Silas Ouko Jakakimba has quit the race for the seat, saying he has received threats to his life and that of his family members.

Jakakimba made the announcement Thursday after deliberations with family and supporters over the matter.

He was to run for the seat on a United Democratic Movement UDM seat after initially quitting the Orange Democratic Movement ODM over the choice of Moses Kajwang to vie for the seat by the party.

He says that he will now support Kajwang, saying his heart goes out to an ODM candidate, as he has been at the party for well over a decade and cannot support anyone else.

He also insisted that he will push for performance from the winner of the seat so as to move the County forward.

" I hereby tender by withdrawal from the Homa Bay Senatorial seat for security reasons. I cannot put the safety of my family and thus I feel it right to protect them first," he said in a statement.

His withdrawal will leave Kajwang as the clear front runner for the seat as Jakakimba, a former aide to retired Prime Minister Raila Odinga was very popular in the county and considered a likely winner of the seat.

The other front-line candidate is former Rangwe MP Philip Okundi who is contesting the seat on a Maendeleo Democratic Party ticket.

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