Obado, Anyanga crowned in scram­ble for Ny­atike votes

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Nyanza -

Mig­ori Gov­er­nor Okoth Obado and as­pi­rant Anne Anyanga have crit­i­cised each other in the scram­ble for Ny­atike con­stituency votes.

On Thurs­day, Anyanga was crowned by el­ders from her Onger home in Ma­calder-Kan­yarwanda ward, with Obado fol­low­ing suit at the same venue on Fri­day.

The coro­na­tions are seen as en­dorse­ment for the two as­pi­rants from Ny­atike, which has the high­est num­ber of reg­is­tered vot­ers in the eight sub­coun­ties.

Anyanga’s coro­na­tion as an el­der was or­gan­ised by Luo Coun­cil of El­ders trea­surer Abel Owuor, who said in the Luo tra­di­tion coro­na­tion can only be done once. He said Obado’s coro­na­tion a day later was a sham.

“We have prayed for Anyanga as Ny­atike el­ders to go for the gov­er­nor’s race and any­one who came later is beg­ging for curses,” Awuor said.

Anyanga said she has the bless­ings of the el­ders and the church. Obado’s coro­na­tion was presided over by Ny­atike Luo Coun­cil of El­ders vice chair­per­son Mar­garet Akong’o, who said their move was in­formed by the fact that Obado is the in­cum­bent. She, how­ever, said the coro­na­tion was not an en­dorse­ment. “Our work is to unify the peo­ple. This has got noth­ing to do with him seek­ing re­elec­tion,” Akong’o said.

Af­ter the coro­na­tion, Obado said, “Thank you for the hon­our you have be­stowed on me to­day, and just like it is ex­pected of any el­der, I will fos­ter peace and devel­op­ment.”

The move high­lights clan vote pat­terns in Ny­atike, with Kakoth be­ing the big­gest, fol­lowed by Ko­lal, where Anyanga is from. Oth­ers are Muhuru, Karungu, Kaler and Jo­dak.

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