”…and one by one, they all fall by the way side” so goes the popular nursery rhyme. In the case of the Homa Bay gubernatorial race, it would easily apply. All along, it has been a race that has included the region’s heavyweights such as Otieno Kajwang’, Gladys Wanga, Oyugi Magwanga, John Mbadi and even Evans Kidero. although not all have declared interest.
Now, however, in the clearest signal yet, the Orange Democratic Movement party chairman and Suba South member of parliament John Mbadi has launched a scathing attack at an unnamed person, referring to him as the landlord of ODM, and pointing him out as his 2022 main competitor. This was an obvious veiled reference to Caroli Omondi who is the owner of Orange House, which has been housing ODM. This would then mean that Mbadi has abandoned plans to vie to for the Homa Bay gubernatorial seat, and has decided to seek reelection for his current parliamentary seat.
Mbadi was speaking on Citizen TV’s Jeff Koinange Live show which was hosted by Jeff Koinange. Beside him on the show was Garissa Township member of parliament, and former National Assembly Majority Leader, Aden Duale.
Mbadi was responding to a claim by Jeff that the reason parliament rejected the IEBC recommendations which sought to cap spending for aspirants was because most sitting MPs wanted a free hand in the spending of their cash.
Mbadi said that far from that being the case, he actually supports capping on spending during elections, and only opposed it because IEBC used the wrong procedure in preparing the recommendations. He said that in 2013 he had faced a very wealthy opponent, and in 2022 he also is on track to face the wealthy opponent who is the landlord of the party and is currently making a lot of money. Suggestively, he said that he wouldn’t disclose whether the money was being made legitimately or not.
If this is the case, and indeed Mbadi will be facing off with Caroli Omondi who has declared interest in the 2022 Suba South parliamentary seat, then it would mean that Mbadi has shelved plans for the gubernatorial race, and instead decided to seek reelection for his parliamentary seat.
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