NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 23 – Homa Bay Senatorial race candidate Silas Jakakimba has quit the Orange Democratic Movement.
In a letter addressed to the Party, Jakakimba asked to be immediately struck off the Register of Members hours after the party through the National Elections Board directly nominated Moses Kajwang’ as its candidate in the Homa Bay senatorial race bypassing the other candidates including Jakakimba.
“I hereby tender my resignation as a member of the Party with immediate effect. Kindly strike my name off your Register of Members. Your urgent action on this matter shall be appreciated,” read part of the letter.
He also took the chance to thank the party and the party leader former Prime Minister Raila Odinga for the opportunity to serve the party over the years.
The letter was also copied to the Registrar of Political Parties and was marked received by the Orange party.
It is not clear what lies ahead for Jakakimba and whether he has quit the race for Homa Bay Senator all together since efforts to reach him for comment were futile as his phone was switched off.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) pushed the Homa Bay senatorial by-election from February 2 to February 12, 2015 after the High Court ordered that the polls body extends the party primaries by 10 days.
The party experienced botched nominations on Monday last week after rowdy youth destroyed ballot boxes.
And since IEBC had declined to extend the period for nominations, the party was forced to go for direct nomination whose results were initially expected Friday but after the extension, the results were announced on Tuesday, with Moses Kajwang’ emerging as the favorite.
The Homa Bay Senate seat fell vacant following the death of Otieno Kajwang’ on November 18, 2014 at the Mater Hospital after suffering a heart attack.