, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 8 – Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has indicated that he will not be drawn into the Homa Bay politics, stating that the people there are capable of choosing their own leaders.
His sentiments came as he told off a member of the Luo Council of Elders Akech Chieng, who told him to accompany ODM leader Raila Odinga who will hold a rally in the area on Thursday.
“Raila Odinga’s political experience is unrivalled but the people of Homa Bay are sufficiently endowed intellectually and politically to chart a way forward on the direction the politics of Homa Bay should take and my opinion or that of non-residents of Homa Bay is not necessary,” Kidero stated.
The former PM will make a decision whether he will vie for the senatorial seat or not this Thursday. The seat was left vacant following the death of Otieno Kajwang’.
“I am not interested in being drawn to politics of that nature since I am the Nairobi Governor and only travel out of the city on meaningful and impactful agenda of political development that changes lives when called upon to assist,” he stated.
Odinga has given the elders three days to decide whether he should contest the upcoming Homa Bay senatorial by-election.
Some of the hopefuls for the Homa Bay seat include Odinga’s former aide Caroli Omondi and Kenya Professional Boxing Commission Chairman- Hillary Alila who was second to Kajwang in the 2013 General Election.
Others are former Rangwe MP Philip Okundi, businessman Sam Wakiaga, former Gwasi MP Felix Nyauchi, former NSSF Managing Trustee Fred Rabongo, ex-Sony Sugar board chairman Herbert Ojwang’ and Kasipul politician Kenneth Kambona.
Although a section of ODM legislators led by nominated Senator Elizabeth Ongoro are opposed to the idea, it is slowly emerging that the former premier may have been considering contesting the seat after all.
Odinga made the decision after a meeting held in his rural home in Opoda farm on Sunday, attended by amongst others ODM chairman John Mbadi, Homa Bay Woman Representative Gladys Wanga among other ODM lawmakers.
The by-election is set for 2 February 2015.