father of the 44th President of Kenya.
Bondo, Sakwa in Siaya is the home of legendary Pan Africanist
Dr. Patrick Lumumba Otieno, better known as “PLO” who was born in Pumwani, Nairobi but cites Imbo, Siaya County as his ancestral home, is just one sample.
William Oduol almost caused a major upset when he was almost elected the first Governor of Siaya County, mounting a feisty, well organized campaign against the ODM candidate after the shambolic primaries of the same party which many observers of Siaya politics insist Oduol won hands down. Oduol supporters also aver that it was William Oduol who was supposed to have been declared the winner in the ultimate contest on March 4, 2013. The shock and uproar when Rasanga Amoth who was NOT even a candidate in the party primaries was announced as the Governor Elect was to lead to a crisis of legitimacy for Rasanga who was to be dogged with persistent accusations that he was an electoral thief and usurper.
West Con Africa Chief Executive Officer will be confronted by his nemesis Rasanga Amoth.
Oduor Ong’wen one of Kenya’s foremost development experts. Ong’wen is former head honcho at the NGO Council and currently Country Representative for Southern and East Africa Trade and Information Negotiations Institute (SEATINI).
G-Pot Restaurant located just off Chaka Place, near Yaya Centre in the Kilimani suburb of Nairobi where he confirmed directly to yours truly that Ong’wen had formally made up his mind on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 to throw his hat in the ring.
The first group, who saw themselves as loyal to ODM and supporters of Raila Odinga started appealing within ODM for free and fair elections and promised to remain vigilant to see Oduol crowned Governor Aspirant for the party.The second group, most of them younger activists in the universities and civil society organizations, took the initiative to form an online platform, the Siaya County Forum whose primary objective was to build support for William Oduol and expose the machinations of Oburu and other ODM heavyweights to impose candidates in Siaya County- including parliamentary and other aspirants. It soon became a very vibrant forum which was joined by supporters of all the governor aspirants including Oburu, Okinda, Ochanda and Oduol. The last three participated directly in the online exchanges.The third group consisted of leading members of other smaller parties who soon got in direct contact with William Oduol, plotting a fall back plan in the eventuality of ODM rigging. There were two tracks to these suggestions. Leading members of one of these smaller parties advised William Oduol NOT to defect, as this would give his ODM detractors the justification of calling him a TNA mole. SDP and William Oduol agreed that Oduol would soldier on until the end of the primaries on the 17th as both were confident that Oduol would carry the day by a landslide. A Plan B would only arise in a case of blatant and open rigging.
Siaya, Kenya: For the Siaya County Returning officer to announce gubernatorial winner, the security personnel had to intervene before he finally delivered the results.
Benson Mughatsia announced to the crowd gubernatorial results from the constituencies before finally declaring that Cornel Rasanga Amoth with a total 142,901 while his close contestant William Oduol 133,900 votes.
Mughatsia had a rough time when he rose to address the crowd which became rowdy when they sought his audience before he could proceed.
An adamant Mughatsia went on to read the final report of the results that they had got from the six constituencies.
At first, there was calm in the county hall when other results were being announced then a commotion ensued in the crowd as results for Gem constituency were being read.
Oduol and his supporters tried to stop the county elections boss from announcing the gubernatorial post as they said that they were ejected from Sawagongo high school where Gem tallying were conducted.
Apparently they had lost in Bondo, Rarieda and Gem where they were citing electoral malpractices while they managed to win in Alego, Usonga and Ugenya Constituency.
Oduol said that the delay to announce the results was a ploy to doctor the votes in favour of his opponent.
IEBC operations almost came to a standstill when his supporters brought commotion into the hall.
Siaya OCPD Stephen Cheteka and his team had to intervene for the County returning officer to announce the results.
Initially, Oduol had written to the IEBC chairman through the CRO to demand that the results to be announced and transmitted at the end of the voting exercise to the IEBC national tallying centre via electronic system.
He said that this was because ODM agents were allowed by the IEBC officials to buy voters in the precincts of the voting area.
Oduol went further to state in the letter that, “Gubernatorial position results announcement should be suspended pending a full audit of all the votes cast in all polling stations of the county.”
He said that the returning officer in Gem permitted thugs, under the command of Jakoyo Midiwo to invade the tallying hall during the tallying exercise to forcefully eject him and his aides from the hall.
When The Standard spoke to Midiwo who is the MP elect for Gem, he said that he had only gone to attend to the announcement of the parliamentary seat for which he contested.
“Those are the kicks of a dying horse. He knows very well that my main intention is to get my own results how again do I create commotion?" Midiwo posed.