, NAIROBI, Kenya – There are long queues at the venue of the nominations for the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Homa Bay Senatorial candidate, the most hotly contested ticket in the race for the by-election due February next year.
The late Senator Otieno Kajwang’s brother Moses is battling with veteran politician Philip Okundi and Caroli Omondi, a former aide to Raila Odinga. Others are, Ochieng Mbeo, Oyugi Kambona, Tom Mboya, Fred Rabongo, and Silas Jakakimba
Earlier in the morning, there was tension at the centre as youths demanded to be let into the Homa Bay County Assembly grounds. The police however contained the situation and calm has been restored.
“Yes, there was a bit of some tension at the venue as some youth were insisting that they should be let into the area. However, everything is calm as at now and police are in the area to contain any situation that may arise,” a party official stated.
Four hundred and six ODM delegates are expected to nominate a candidate to succeed the late Kajwang’ during the by elections on February 2 next year.
The delegates are nine MPs, 48 Members of the County Assembly, the Homa Bay Governor and 58 representatives from each constituency.
Last week, the aspirants converged at the party’s headquarters in Orange House, Nairobi to resolve the differences over the delegates list ahead of Monday’s exercise, but it appeared they never reached an agreement.