In Summary
  • Mr Jakakimba went ahead to blame turmoil in Homa Bay county politics on Mr Mbadi’s action.
  • Mr Mbadi has also been accused by ODM Party nomination losers in Nyanza of engineering their loss.

For Orange Democratic Movement chairman John Mbadi, Nigerian literary icon Chinua Achebe may as well have had him in mind when the acclaimed writer penned his novel No Longer at Ease.

For the troubles that now hound Mr Mbadi draw fine parallels from those that courted Obi, the central character in Achebe’s book.

Mr Mbadi is fighting a plethora of accusations from many in ODM, who believe he has short changed them from attaining their political goals.

But the brilliant and sharp debater has termed his accusers as insincere.

GOVERNORSHIP RACE
Yesterday, Mr Mbadi told the Nation that he is a soft target for politicians who are afraid to face Mr Odinga over their political woes.

One of his accusers, Mr Silas Jakakimba, a former aide to National Super Alliance (Nasa) presidential candidate Raila Odinga on Wednesday, accused him of blocking his bid to represent the party at the East African Legislative Assembly (Eala).

Mr Jakakimba went ahead to blame turmoil in Homa Bay county politics on Mr Mbadi’s action.

He claimed the Suba South MP is  preparing ground to run for Homa Bay governor’s seat in 2022.

“Mr Mbadi has set his eyes on the Homa Bay County governorship post in 2022 and is therefore scared of my political rise,” Mr Jakakimba claimed.

RASANGA'S RE-ELECTION
Mr Mbadi and Jakakimba are both from the Suba Community.

Mr Mbadi has also been accused by ODM Party nomination losers in Nyanza of engineering their loss by favouring their opponents.

Rarieda MP Nicholas Gumbo - who is seeking Siaya governorship seat on an independent ticket after losing to Governor Cornel Rasanga in disputed nominations - had in the past accused Mr Mbadi of meddling in Siaya County politics.

Mr Mbadi had reportedly endorsed Governor Rasanga’s re-election bid.

Former minister and Rongo MP Ochillo Ayacko, too, accused him of drumming up support for Migori governor Zechariah Okoth Obado.

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