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Homa Bay awaits key ODM decision

22 December 2014, 13:19 William Korir

Nairobi - Residents of Homa Bay county are awaiting a decision on who will likely be their next Senator as nominations for the Orange Democratic Movement ODM candidate for the seat take place Monday.

The party's National Governing Council NGC will hold direct nominations for the seat after efforts to nominate via delegates vote was overshadowed by chaos last week.

The NGC will liaise with the National Elections Board NEC to get a suitable candidate for the position.

Philip Okundi, Caroli Omondi, Silas Jakakimba, Fred Rabongo, Kenneth Kambona, George Mboya and the late Senator Otieno Kajwang's brother Moses Kajwang’ will all vie for a chance to contest for the seat via the party.

There are several ruled that the party will go by in choosing a candidate.

1. The person must be of sound integrity

2. The person must have contributed to the party handsomely in a financial manner previously.

3. The person must match the ambitions and feeling of the people of Homa Bay.

Most important though is that the candidate must be on good footing and ground with party leader Raila Odinga, who is key in the decision.

That said, the will of the people must be respected as most have openly come out to state.

" We want our own man and will not accept a person who has been forced on us. We will air our views, Otieno Kongola, the head of a Homa Bay youth group said.

And the feeling is shared across town.

" This must be a decision for the people and not for the party. That must be put across, Juma Issa, a Boda Boda operator from Homa Bay added.

The party will have a candidate by close of business Monday and residents hope it will be someone who they want, not who they can have.

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