Eye on Kisumu: Prof Ojienda’s strategic positioning for Senatorial seat

Former Law Society of Kenya (LSK) President Professor Tom Ojienda is quickly distinguishing himself as a front runner in the race to become the next Senator of Kisumu County.

Having declared his interest in the seat, the veteran advocate has rolled out various campaigns including a voter sensitization drive that aims at ensuring those who have attained the age of 18 can enroll as new voters in readiness for next year’s elections.

“This morning my team and I kicked off a mass voter registration drive. It’s my goal and that of my team that we target and register the over 700,000 unregistered voters in Kisumu County.” He indicated Wednesday Morning.

The voter registration campaign will not only improve his prospects but add to ODM leader Raila Odinga’s basket in the Presidential race.


Numerous other recent political activities by Prof. Ojienda appear to place him closer to the former Prime Minister, the political kingpin of Nyanza and are expected to propel him as the eventual winner of ODM primaries, increasing his chances of clinching the seat.

He has also been accompanying Raila to various national and county functions, an indication of growing ties between the two.

On Tuesday, for example, Prof Ojienda attended the Made in Kenya (MIKE) stakeholders meeting at Raddisson Blue Hotel, which was presided over by the ODM leader. This was shortly before Raila was hosted at a meeting by Mt. Kenya Foundation.


Soon after the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) was declared unconstitutional, the Senior Counsel has been vocal, always supporting the view of Mr. Odinga on the matter and even suggesting that some of the proposals in it could be passed through parliament.

His known competitor at the moment remains former Muhoroni MP Ayiecko Olweny. Prof Olweny is however yet to roll out his campaign less than a year to the poll.

Prof Ojienda, who has also served as the President of East Africa Law Society is optimistic of clinching the seat in a bid to continue “with proper legislative agenda in the floor of the house.”

He says his mission is to transform the fortunes of the majority of Kisumu residents.

“We will work closely with the governor to improve the welfare of the youth, women in enterprise and agriculture and build infrastructure and the domestic economy,” he said.

The Moi University professor says there are so many youths who are talented and the best way to support them is to nurture and empower them in order to be self-reliant. This, he says, will improve their livelihoods.

Back home, Prof Ojienda has been running various initiatives such as donations of sports kits to over 70 local football clubs amongst others.

He has expressed a desire to empower women to become entrepreneurs, educate the orphans, and instigate more funding to the agricultural sectors so as to address challenges affecting farmers.

Prof Ojienda hails from Nyakach and he is also believed to be in good books with Kisumu Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o who will be seeking re-election in 2022. Nyong’o was the first senator of Kisumu.


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