Why Raila Odinga is alarmed at ODM’s narrow win in Bonchari by-election

ODM's Pavel Oimeke won the Bonchari constituancy seat in the May 18 by-election

By Jack Nyakundi

Despite ODM’s Pavel Oimeke winning the Bonchari May 18 by-election, opposition leader Raila Odinga is far from impressed! Odinga, according to sources at Orange house who spoke to The Weekly Vision, is said to have furiously demanded an explanation on why ODM a political power-house in the region had barely scraped through with less than 1000 vote lead!

The sources added that events in the vote-rich Mount Kenya region and BBI tribulations in the court had caused further anxiety on Mr Odinga, now fully recovered from Covid 19.

A close contest, many political watchers say can easily be overturned by courts if litigants can prove bribery mischief or illegalities. Odinga is said to have compared the victory of Ruto allied party in Juja and ODM in Bonchari, saying the latter was a “small victory’ partly blaming the police for the poor voter turnout. Odinga criticised police for harassing aspirants in Bonchari.

The ODM’s Oimeke, a former Energy Petroleum Regulatory Authority director, garnered a narrow win of 8,049 against his main challenger Jubilee party’s Zebedeo Opore who got 7,279 coming in second. UDA’s Teresa Bitutu took position three with 6,964 votes. These impressive scores by opponents are causing Raila and his team sleepless nights, usually advocates of resounding clear lead in any election contest.

A close contest, many political watchers say can easily be overturned by courts if litigants can prove bribery mischief or illegalities. Odinga is said to have compared the victory of Ruto allied party in Juja and ODM in Bonchari, saying the latter was a “small victory’ partly blaming the police for the poor voter turnout. Odinga criticised police for harassing aspirants in Bonchari. On Tuesday, Oimeke had to wade through what he described as the’ sweltering heat of intimidation and harassment on many of his supporters to secure sweet victory.

In the larger scheme of things, the election provided the ODM party in Kisii with a new platform to consolidate its new gains that had greatly diminished. It is the first parliamentary seat for the party after a shocking loss in 2018. No other MP save for Senator Sam Ongeri and Woman Rep was elected on the ODM ticket.

UDA, affiliated to Deputy President William Ruto, was said to be on a marketing campaign even as it took position three. Bitutu is the widow to the late MP Oroo Oyioka who died of Covid in December, 2020.

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