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Senator Kajwang’ cautions over delegate system of nominations

Homa Bay Senator Moses Kajwang’ has called on ODM party to be careful with the delegate system of nominations to avoid manipulations.

Kajwang’ said that delegates system may lead to shambolic party primaries because some delegates may be bribed adding that in the past, the delegate system has favoured only monied aspirants.

“I suffered in the past because my competitors who had money ran away and hid more than three-quarters of delegates in Tanzania,” Kajwang’ said.

The senator who has declared he will defend his seat in 2022 elections suggested use of consensus or allowing party members to choose candidates directly.

He cited Homa Bay gubernatorial contest as a crowded field where the delegate system may be manipulated. 

Aspirants in the county gubernatorial race are Homa Bay Woman Rep Gladys Wanga, former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero, ODM national chairman John Mbadi, former Kasipul MP Oyugi Magwanga and Deputy Governor Hamilton Orata amongst others.

Speaking at a fundraiser at Waondo SDA church in Suba North constituency, Kajwang’ asked the party to employ appropriate nomination method that is peaceful and credible.

“I know the party can give direct nomination to its preferred candidate but it’s important that we use a process we all agree with,” He added.

He condemned discrimination of female aspirants on the basis of gender, saying the party gives equal chance to its members to contest elective seats.

“We have seen other counties like Kitui and Kirinyaga electing female Governors, hence it’s the Homa Bay people who will decide whether to elect Wanga or not.

Senator Kajwang and women rep Gladys Wanga (both holding microphones) during a fundraiser in Waondo, Homa-Bay county

Wanga asked her competitors not to cause confusion by claiming she has been removed from the county ODM party chairperson.

“They have realized that my candidature is becoming stronger hence they are looking for all available opportunities to take me down. I will not relent,” Wanga said.

She asked women to use their numerical strength to vote for their fellow women folk.

Members of County Assembly present were Julius Gaya (Central Karachuonyo) Richard Ogindo (Kwabwai) and Sophie Koweje (Nominated MCA)

The MCAs said they will support Wanga in her quest to the governorship race.

“Let’s support Wanga because she has the capacity and is development conscious,” Ogindo said.

Wanga is considered one of the top contenders in the race. 

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