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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Tension in Muhoroni after court nullifies MP K'Oyoo's ODM ticket

Residents of Muhoroni during protests against former MP Ayiecho Olweny's candidatur, June 17, 2017. /MAURICE ALAL
Residents of Muhoroni during protests against former MP Ayiecho Olweny's candidatur, June 17, 2017. /MAURICE ALAL

Tension is high in Muhoroni following last week's High Court decision to strip incumbent Onyango K'Oyoo of his ODM nomination certificate.

Justice Jessie Lesiit declared former MP Ayiecho Olweny winner of the primaries held in April, saying this was in line with results from all 87 polling stations.

But K'Oyoo's supporters have opposed the ruling and are threatening to boycott the August 8 polls.

“We voted for K'Oyoo, not Olweny. Our decision should be respected. We are against leaders being imposed on us,” resident Abdala Otieno said on Monday.

“Without K'Oyoo on the ballot, we will peacefully boycott voting. The will of the people must prevail."

Resident Jack Obote said they voted for K'Oyoo because of his good leadership and development track record.

“For the last four years he has been in power, we have witnessed lots of improvement in education, roads, agriculture and youth empowerment,” he said.

Obote said Olweny's record was poor during his two terms as MP.

"Never again shall we accept his leadership where youths were being misused and attacking people with crude weapons," he said.

The resident asked ODM leader Raila Odinga to urgently intervene to prevent voter apathy.

On Saturday, MUhoroni residents took to the streets protesting against the candidature of former MP Ayiecho Olweny. They vowed to only vote for K'Oyoo.

Read: Muhoroni voters protest Ayiecho Olweny's candidature, ask ODM to give K'Oyoo ticket

K'Oyoo had been declared the winner with 18,669 votes, while Olweny got 6,648 votes during the disputed nominations.

But in a ruling on May 26, the Justice said ODM and election's board chairperson Judith Pareno failed to tabulate the results as directed by the court.

“After the court did the tallying, it was established Olweny won the primaries by 23,578 votes while K'Oyoo was second with 13,700 votes,” Leiit said.

The court ordered the Orange party to issue Olweny with a nominations certificate then forward his name to the IEBC as its valid candidate for the MP seat.

Read: Court rules against K'Oyoo win, directs ODM to name Muhoroni candidate

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