, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 4 – Interest in the Homabay Senator’s seat has intensified, a week after the burial of Otieno Kajwang’.
On Thursday, Fred Rabongo, businessman and a former National Social Security Fund (NSSF) Managing Trustee declared his candidature for seat.
“I hereby declare my candidacy for the position of the senator in Homabay County in ODM party. I therefore wish to work closely with the people of Homabay to complete the projects the late honourable Kajwang’ had started. I do expect that the nominations will be free and fair,” said Rabongo.
He revered Kajwang’ as a hero, democrat, brave politician and his mentor in life and in politics saying he had worked with him in all his campaigns and had thus garnered a myriad of experience of how to play the political game.
He urged his competitors to declare their interest for the February 2nd by-election.
Other candidates who have expressed interest in the race are Hillary Alila who was Kajwang’s main challenger in the 2013 General Election, the late Senator’s younger brother Moses Otieno, former Rangwe MP Philip Okundi, Martin Ogindo and Silas Jakakimba.
The Orange Democratic Movement has yet to address the issue of nomination to determine the preferred candidate with the matter expected to come up in Friday’s National Delegates Conference (NDC) at the Bomas of Kenya.
Some ODM legislators have proposed that former Prime Minister Raila Odinga take up the seat, but Nominated senator Elizabeth Ongoro says this will be demeaning to Odinga who has for years fought to clinch the presidential seat.
“He has not been in this struggle simply to occupy a political space or office, he is a national leader actually a regional leader of great repute and it would be demeaning and it would not be helping in our ultimate objective of seeing him occupy the highest office as the CEO of this country. We don’t want to tie him down to one small county in the position of a Senator,” said Ongoro.
The MPs rooting for Odinga include Edick Anyanga (Nyatike), Peter Kaluma (Homabay) and Kibra’s Ken Okoth.