Political bigwigs in Busia County are already jostling for the governors’ office with 2022 general looming at the horizon. Next year will see the current holder of the post Mr Sospeter Ojaamong’ exit after serving two five-year terms as dictated by law
There are emerging developments indicating that five of Busia County Gubernatorial aspirants, Senator Wako, Deputy Governor Mulomi, Hon Otuoma, Hon Bunyasi and Eng. Sidai have all reportedly declared that they will back one of them to fight it out with the rest. The rest here are Mr Lukas Meso, a new entrant into the County’s political contests, he is a close ally of deputy president William Ruto.
Governor Sospeter Ojaamong’ on the other hand has declared his interest to vie for the Teso South constituency parliamentary seat he once occupied before gunning for the county’s seat in the 2013 general elections
As elections day approaches, would-be contestants for various posts are already courting voters from neighbouring Uganda to boost their numbers. Voter importation from Uganda is inevitable throughout all these communities of Tesos and Luhyas in the county so as to influence the final outcome of the polls, this happens each election year although no one is willing to admit it.
Governor Sospeter Ojaamong’ on the other hand has declared his interest to vie for the Teso South constituency parliamentary seat he once occupied before gunning for the county’s seat in the 2013 general elections. Currently Teso South MP Geoffrey Omuse, the move by Ojaamong’ has triggered political bad blood between the two politicians.
Like governor Ojaamong, Senator Wako won the seats on Orange Democratic (ODM) Party ticket, while Bunyasi won his seat on Amani National Congress (ANC) party ticket, Otuoma contested as an independent candidate and lost after jumping from ODM where he had a national appeal. The other notable contender at the time was Eng. Dan Barasa who vied on a Jubilee ticket and lost dismally despite his financial clout
Political bigwigs from the County jostling to replace Governor Ojaamong’ are Senator and former Attorney General Amos Wako, Nambale constituency legislator John Bunyasi, and former Funyula Dr Paul Otuoma. Others are Eng. Vincent Sidai, current Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi, former Agricultural Finance Corporation (AFC) Chief Executive Lukas Meso among others.
The most critical question among many county residents is who among the whole lot is better, a manager who can provide better leadership as compared to the dismal performance that has been and remains the hallmark of Ojaamong’s? The worst being his failure to tarmac Busia town County headquarters main roads and streets.
The other critical factor being that the post comes with not only highly lucrative packages, influence, but also the power to control multi-billion shillings annual budgets for development programmes and other public services right from the county to villages levels, on this the governor has been accused of favouring Teso dominated areas of the county.
Like governor Ojaamong, Senator Wako won the seats on Orange Democratic (ODM) Party ticket, while Bunyasi won his seat on Amani National Congress (ANC) party ticket, Otuoma contested as an independent candidate and lost after jumping from ODM where he had a national appeal. The other notable contender at the time was Eng. Dan Barasa who vied on a Jubilee ticket and lost dismally despite his financial clout.
Then there is the question of Eng. Sidai who contested at that time on a United Democratic Forum (UDF) party ticket and lost, is reportedly not going to contest in 2022. It remains to be seen which political parties’ some of the aspirants like Dr Otuoma, Meso, and Mulomi among others will choose to battle it out in the 2022 polls.
That is because Senator Wako has already entrenched himself with ODM and its leader Raila Odinga and is not likely to quit the party, the same applies to Hon Bunyasi who is deeply embedded with ANC and its leader Musalia Mudavadi then there is the UDA factor with the Deputy President William Ruto’s penchant for spilling millions of shillings around. There is also the financial power of the contestants and their personal ability to relate with the electorate.
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