Kenyans living in the US from Homa Bay County have made history as the first batch of Kenyans outside the country to endorse a candidate in party primaries.
Over 100 Homa Bay residents met in a closed meeting in New Jersey to discuss which candidate they want in office insisting that it was their responsibility to ensure the best is happening back at home.
“Our contributions to the development of the county through investments and remittances makes us stakeholders in this process despite the fact we will not be there physically to cast our votes.
“We want the people of Homa Bay to elect a governor that will not only protect our investments but also accelerate development in the county,” said Amos Atonga who spoke to Daily Nation.
They claimed the current Governor Cyprian Awiti, has failed them.
For them, Sam Wakiaga is better placed to stimulate investment and use available resources well to benefit the locals.
Three other candidates – Enos Bolo, Kabondo Kaspul MP Oyugi Magwanga and Cosmas Kanyadudi – are also in the race for the Raila Odinga-led party’s ticket for the seat according to Daily Nation newspaper.
The endorsement comes comes less than a week before the ODM party primary. Whoever wins the primary has the best chance of becoming the next governor because Homa Bay is an ODM stronghold.