Ojaamong retains Busia Gubernatorial seat


Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong  of the Orange Democratic Movement  managed to successfully retain his seat after edging out his closest challenger  Dr Paul Otuoma of Independent   by 135,153 votes to Otuoma’s 125,905.

Ululations filled the Busia Agricultural Training Centre  on Thursday when  County Returning Officer Fredrick Apopa declared  Ojaamong the winner at 8.45pm, ending three days of agony over the delay in the release of the results.

There was drama when Otuoma attempted to have Apopa stop declaring the results. But the CRO could not budge  and proceeded to announce Ojaamong the winner and presented him with the certificate.

” It is not true that I am announcing  the results without receiving results from some polling stations as claimed by one of the candidates. Is it not so? Apopa asked candidates present and party agents. They responded in affirmative.

Ojaamong  repeated his feat on his opponent  again having  eclipsed him in the contentious  ODM primaries in April, 2017   by garnering  92,358 votes against  Otuoma’s 63,752 votes.

Immediately after the announcement of the ODM primaries,  Otuoma rejected the results. ” It was the same story on Thursday. ” I will move  to court to challenge Ojaamong’s re-election over the violence meted on our  supporters in Teso South,” he said.

Responding to Otuoma’s  threats to seek legal redress, Ojaamong said it’s his constitutional   right  if he saw some irregularities.”  But so far nobody has  complained about the irregularities.

“Since I started participating  in  elections  it has been  free and fair   and fiercely fought one .People should remain united  now and focus on development.

People should remain united and focus on development. The Government I am going to form will focus on service delivery so as to  attract investors,” he said.

Ojaamong said the  he is going to form  will  entirely  engage in service delivery, perfect the systems  and attract investors. “We need an overhaul  to get  people who are  acceptable and who can supervise our projects.”

He appealed to the  national leaders to urge  their  supporters to remain   calm.” In case of any disputes it should be solved amicably.  The elections should try unite the country not to divide further.  Mechanism should be  put in place  to have an all inclusive government,” he said.

Florence Mutua (ODM) retained the Women Representative seat  after garnering 145,623 votes. Susan Mangeni (ANC) was second  with 65,528 votes.

Senator  Amos Wako (ODM) retained his after edging out Human Rights activist Okiya Omtatah  (Ford Kenya)  by over 30,000 vote margin.

Photos: Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong  holds his certificate  after receiving it  from County Returning Officer  Fredrick Apopa at Busia Agricultural Centre  on Thursday night. He is flanked by Deputy Governor -elect Moses Mulomi

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