Ny­acheki win shows ODM is the party to beat in Kisii – lead­ers

They say the four by-elec­tions on Wed­nes­day show that the party and the Cord will win in the gen­eral elec­tion next year

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Nyanza - BEN­SON NYAGESIBA AND ANGWENYI GICHANA @TheS­tarKenya

ODM lead­ers from Kisii on Wed­nes­day said the out­come of the Ny­acheki by-elec­tion in Bobasi con­stituency is an ex­am­ple of what will hap­pen in next year’s polls.

They said the peo­ple of Ny­acheki, Kisii county, have shown how the com­mu­nity will vote.

ODM’s Naf­tal Onkoba won with 2,216 votes, while Ju­bilee’s Maxwell Magoma came sec­ond with 1,173 votes. Caleb Ong’uti was third with 979 and Na­tional Vi­sion Party’s Peter Mo­racha came fourth with 695 votes.

Fif­teen can­di­dates, in­clud­ing a woman, were cleared to con­test for the seat which was de­clared va­cant af­ter Peter Nyaega’s death on July 25.

The ODM lead­ers said Kenyans will not be in­flu­enced by any­body to vote they way they want. They in­clude Ki- sii Gov­er­nor James Ong­wae, party na­tional trea­surer Ti­mothy Bosire, nom­i­nated Senator Janet Ong’era and Nyamira woman rep­re­sen­ta­tive Alice Chae.

They spoke at Isena Mixed Se­condary School, where re­sults for the polls, were an­nounced by re­turn­ing of­fi­cer Jack­line Osiemo.

“I want to take this early op­por­tu­nity to thank the peo­ple of Ny­acheki for mak­ing such a won­der­ful de­ci­sion by elect­ing Onkoba as their rep­re­sen­ta­tive,” Ong­wae said.

“It has reached an era where peo­ple make their own de­ci­sion on the kind of leader they want with­out be­ing co­erced. ODM is the party of choice in Kisii and I will do ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to en­sure leader Hon Raila Odinga gets the sup­port he needs in the re­gion.”

Bosire said the suc­cess of the by-elec­tion has proved that Raila will un­seat Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta in the gen­eral elec­tion and bring change and devel­op­ment.

“To­day’s win is an in­di­ca­tion that ODM and the Cord fra­ter­nity are head­ing in the right di­rec­tion,” he said.

Ong’era and Chae said the out­come of three by-elec­tions is an in­di­ca­tion that Kenyans are tired of poor lead­er­ship.

ODM also won three ward by-elec­tions out of four held on Wed­nes­day. They won in Ny­acheki, Kalokol in Turkana and Mosiro in Ka­ji­ado. Ju­bilee won in Sala ward, Tana River county.

The Ny­acheki by-elec­tion is a blow to a cau­cus fronting for Kisii unity which cam­paigned for the Ju­bilee can­di­date. The group of nine leg­is­la­tors led by Senator Chris Obure and Kisii Deputy Gov­er­nor Joash Maangi pitched camp in the ward.

JU­BILEE RE­JECTS RE­SULTS

How­ever, Ju­bilee re­jected the out­come of the elec­tion. “On be­half of Ju­bilee Party we wish to state that the Ny­ache- ki ward by-elec­tion car­ried out yes­ter­day was marred by se­ri­ous ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in­volv­ing vote buy­ing, in­se­cu­rity and bla­tant dis­re­gard of eti­quette and ci­vil­ity of the elec­toral process,” said Al­bert Nyaundi who sent the state­ment on be­half of Ju­bilee.

“We are not con­ced­ing de­feat in the by-elec­tion and will take le­gal ac­tion to have the re­sults nul­li­fied. Ju­bilee is a party of peace and would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to ask our po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents to think about our beau­ti­ful coun­try Kenya and stem this elec­toral thug­gery even as we are head­ing to a gen­eral elec­tion in a few months.”

Ju­bilee can­di­date Magoma, who came sec­ond, also dis­missed the re­sults, say­ing the polls were marred by mal­prac­tices. “I can­not give the by-elec­tion a clean bill,” he said.

Hired ODM youths caused chaos in a num­ber of polling sta­tions and scared his sup­port­ers from vot­ing, Magoma said.

/BEN­SON NYAGESIBA

Nom­i­nated Senator Janet Ong’era, Ny­acheki MCA­elect Naf­tal Onkoba and Kisii Gov­er­nor James Ong­wae on Wed­nes­day

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