Who has the financial power and influence to grab the Busia governor’s seat?

Office of the governor Busia County

Among the Marachi (Butula) Mr Meso and Mr Mulomi will be facing each other on the contest, the latter having the advantage of being a sitting deputy governor while the former having little to show apart from opening an AFC branch in Busia town when he was MD

By The Weekly Vision Political Desk

With Busia County Governor Sospeter Ojaamong’s declaration that he will support his deputy Moses Mulomi in next year’s elections, many expect him to galvanize the Teso vote in his deputy’s favor. The equation of the populous Teso vote, traditionally divided into two, North and South Teso combined with the Luhyia’s who are truncated into four sub-tribes of Marachi, Bakhayo, Samia and Banyala communities all of whom boost of a constituency each apart from the Bakhayo with two, Nambale and Matayos may just give Mr Mulomi an edge over his rivals, but the most critical equation being – can they provide a block voting like their Teso counterpart?

Does Mulomi have the financial power and influence on the ground? Will Eng. Sidai who hails from near Amukura in Teso South prevail over governor Ojaamong’s choice or that of the five contestants? Apart from that there is also the question of the fact that from the larger Bukhayo sub-tribe whose voting and general population is considered to be largest of the Luhyia sub-tribes in the County, two sitting political personalities in Senator Wako and MP Bunyasi are interested in the same seat.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed just before the 2013 general election under the 2010 Constitutional dispensation between the County’s Teso and Luhyia communities that over the decades have heavily inter-married – the bottom line being sharing of top political jobs on a rotational basis

Just like the Marachi (Butula) with Mr Meso and Mr Mulomi, the latter having the advantage of being a sitting deputy governor while the former having little to show apart from opening an AFC branch in Busia town when he was MD.  

This brings in the question of a reported Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed just before the 2013 general election under the 2010 Constitutional dispensation between the County’s Teso and Luhyia communities that over the decades have heavily inter-married – the bottom line being political office jobs sharing apparently on a rotational basis.

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Dr. Paul Otuoma

At that time according to insiders, a political pact was sealed to have a senator from any one of the Luhyia communities, the governor from the Teso, the Speaker of the County Assembly and the Women Representative from the Luhyia – a development that saw Wako, Ojaamong, Florence Mutua and Bernard Wamalwa ascend into their current positions.

Will the pact hold water this time round considering the vibrant political dynamics of the county? Considering the fact that though at that time, Busia county was an ODM stronghold, MP Bunyasi made it on an ANC affiliated political party while subsequently ODM national leaders who had made it on ODM tickets like Otuoma and Budalangi then legislator Ababu Namwamba bolted out of the party, though the latter’s former Ford Kenya legislator Raphael Wanjala defected to ODM and ousted Ababu Namwamba in Budalangi constituency.

The emerging facts are that Wako has already gone public at a funeral of Mulomi’s son in Butula that it is time Ojaamong ensured that the Teso part of the MOU pact was honored this time round since their Luhyia brothers had already fulfilled their part

Interestingly Ojaamong who is maternally uncled in Bukhayo is on public record urging Eng. Sidai from the same constituency with him to withdraw his candidature as he declared his support for his Deputy Mulomi’s candidature in 2022 – this development if it works out, may leave the contest happen only among the Luhyia community for the county gubernatorial seat, Amos Wako, Sakwa Bunyasi, Paul Otuoma, Moses Mulomi and Lucas Meso.

Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi

The emerging facts are that Wako has already gone public at a funeral of Mulomi’s son in Butula that it is time Ojaamong ensured that the Teso part of the MOU pact was honored this time round since their Luhyia brothers had already fulfilled their part, therefore as Ojaamong eyes for a constituency seat – “he should propagate for a Luhyia to succeed him as the County’s second governor,”  – where will that leave Sidai with his aspirations to grab the same seat.

The fact is that though the father was a Teso MP then Busia North now Teso south constituency the late Ojamaa Ojamong from the South Okilidu village, Ojaamong’s mother came from the most the Bakhayo’s populous Abaguri clan of then Busia East constituency that is from the same clan as the Nambale legislator Bunyasi.

The most demanding questions are who of any of the lot Wako, Bunyasi, Otuoma, Mulomi, Meso, Sidai’s name them among others can deliver the needs and demands of the county residents? Especially on development infrastructure and industrial, education, public services, poverty eradication, families and personal empowerment corruption destruction, employment, education …among many others across the county? Destroy the petty-handouts influence to influence voting in their favour?

Hustler from Kakamega returns home empty handed after 50 years in Nairobi

Just when you think you have heard it all, something breaks out on the horizon that will make you conclude that life never ceases to amaze. Take this example of a man from Kakamega County who, perhaps fed up with rural life 47 years ago decided to board a bus to Nairobi to try his luck in the green city under the sun.

More than half of Kenya’s 47 million people were not yet born when the “hustlers” made his grand entrance into Nairobi to seek greener pastures. He was then not even 40, married to 2 wives and 5 children. Their upkeep he says is what drove him to look for a job in Nairobi but during all that time very little was heard of him.

Now a tired and visibly battered by city life, 84-year-old man Peter Oyuka returned home to Kakamega with nothing, not even a bag contained his personal belongings. The old man also found his two wives long re-married with children with their respective husbands.

 Oyuka is now an angry man as he tries to pick the pieces from where he left off over four decades ago and if the lukewarm reception he got is anything to go by, his return empty handed is not going down well with family members.

The octogenarian walked out of his Makale village in Malava, Kakamega County in 1974 aged 37. He told his people that he was going in search of greener pastures because he needed to take care of two wives and five children, although details of where he was headed and his expected return date were scanty.

Life for the octogenarian in Nairobi appears to have been long, harsh and brutal considering he was returning with nothing to show for a four decades absence. But he is rumored to have sired a son after an affair with another woman in the city which didn’t last.

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