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Namwamba: ODM ready for competition in Homa Bay

16 January 2015, 19:16 Nesta Marley

Nairobi - The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has dismissed claims it is not ready to face competition in Homa Bay senatorial by election.

There have been allegations that the party is forcing some aspirants to drop their quest for the seat that fell vacant following the death of Otieno Kajwang’, in favour of his younger brother Moses Kajwang’.

The party's Secretary General Ababu Namwamba said the party is ready to face other parties in the by election.

He said as a party, they do not fear any competition and they are ready to reclaim the seat through competitive elections.

"ODM is a very special party firmly found on the principles of democracy and we fully respect the free expression of the majority. We will soldier on with our campaigns targeting to reclaim our seat" said Namwamba.

He also said as a political party they are ready for political contests and urged other political parties not to fear defeat in the by election slated for 12 February.

Also read: Homa Bay Senate aspirant quits race, cites death threats

"We will fearlessly battle it out with our competitors, we do not believe in free things and that is why we welcome competition to ensure we trounce them at the ballot" he said.

The party is expected to face stiff competition from the Jubilee coalition in the Kajiado Central by election.

However, Namwamba expressed confidence they will recapture the seat that fell vacant after Joseph Ngaissery was appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta as the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and National Co-ordination.

There have been claims that ODM is rooting for Moses Kajwang’ to be elected unopposed in the Homa Bay by election to succeed his late brother.

On Thursday, United Democratic Movement (UDM) candidate Silas Jakakimba pulled out of the race citing security threats among other reasons.

Jakakimba had earlier decamped from ODM to UDM after ODM handed Kajwang a direct nomination to vie for the seat after the disgruntled party nominations.

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