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ODM raises KES 10M for Homa Bay campaigns

30 January 2015, 13:03 William Korir

Nairobi - The Orange Democratic Movement ODM has raised KES 10 million in a fundraiser for the Homa Bay by election campaigns.

The party held the fundraiser Thursday evening in a bid to help their candidate Moses Kajwang claim the much needed Senatorial seat, which has come under increased pressure from other candidates.

The cash was raised via Governors and County officials from CORD led counties, as well as party leaders.

The fundraiser was held at Nairobi's Panafric Hotel.

The party will seek to campaign heavily over the weekend, as they up the ante ahead of the February 13 elections.

It is expected that CORD leaders Raila Odinga, Moses Wetangula and Kalonzo Musyoka will help Kajwang in his campaigns over the weekend in the County.

" CORD understands the need to retain the seat in its ranks, thus the need to have all machinery available for the by elections," Wetangula said of the campaigns.

In other news, the party has denied that it forced Governors to come up with KES 1 million each for the by elections.

Head of communications Philip Etale said that the report carried in a local newspaper was false and mean to tarnish the name of the party.

" In view of this, the ODM would like to clarify that during a CORD PG meeting held at Orange House and which was chaired by Minority Whip in the Senate Johnston Muthama suggested that all the Governors affiliated to the coalition contribute KES 500,000 per County towards the campaigns in Homa Bay County and Kajiado Central,", he said.

" This amount will not come from the Counties coffers but from the Governor (individually) and Members of County Assemblies under their jurisdiction. Just like Members of Parliament (Senate and National Assembly) have been tasked to make personal contribution towards the two by-elections, so are the Governors and MCAs," he added.

The report had claimed that the money was taken from public coffers to aid the election.

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