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ODM faces backlash following Homa Bay decision

24 December 2014, 13:33 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The decision to choose Moses Kajwang as the ODM candidate for the Homa Bay Senatorial by elections will likely cost the party the seat.

The party settled for the late Senator Otieno Kajwang's brother to represent the party in the elections set for February.

The decision though has been met with derision from several quarters, with many criticizing the decision to settle for Kajwang at the expense of several more experienced and loyal persons.

Party leader Raila Odinga's long time ally Silas Ouko Jakakimba has already quit the party and will run for the seat as an independent candidate.

He termed the decision to go with Kajwang as scandalous.

" It was simply not a decision I thought would come through but all the same I thank the party and ask to move on, he said when quipped on his move to quit the party.

Other aspirants such as former Rangwe MP Philip Okundi have already said that they are thinking of their status in the party.

" It was a decision that has shocked us all," he said of the move. Look, we have been in this party for a very long time and have contributed immensely to the party leader, so it shocks us to see the person handed the seat one that has been in the party only three weeks, Okundi said.

It is likely that there will be huge backing for an independent candidate, with dissent at the highest level on the ground.

Several persons News24 spoke to on the ground all motioned to the fact that they will support a different candidate aside from Kajwang.

And with Jakakimba a highly popular figure, it is likely that his candidature will hand ODM a tough time in the elections.

" I will make a decision just after Christmas. I urge my supporters to remain calms," he said. 

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