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Saturday, August 19, 2017

No comeback kids as many ex-ministers, veteran MPs rejected by Nyanza voters

Kisumu Senator Anyang Nyong'o being handed certificate by the County Returning Officer John Cox at Tom Mboya Labour College on Thursday night  after being declared the new Kisumu County Govenor.
Kisumu Senator Anyang Nyong'o being handed certificate by the County Returning Officer John Cox at Tom Mboya Labour College on Thursday night after being declared the new Kisumu County Govenor.

Voters have rejected all former Cabinet ministers and MPs who tried to make a political comeback after spending years in the cold.

In Nyanza, former Rongo MP and Energy minister Ochillo Ayacko lost to Migori Governor Okoth Obado.

Obado floored him with 201,369 votes against 113,673.

Former Education assistant minister in the Grand Coalition government Ayiecho Olweny lost to Muhoroni MP Onyango Koyoo in the

nominations.

Olweny, who was Muhoroni MP from 2002-13, challenged Koyoo’s victory in the primaries.

On Sunday before the Tuesday election, the Supreme Court dismissed Olweny’s application, giving Koyoo approval to run.

ODM’s Koyoo retained the seat with 50,080 votes.

Former South Mugirango MP Omingo Magara, who ran for senator against incumbent Chris Obure came second.

ODM’s Sam Ongeri, the former UN Habitat Ambassador, won the seat.

Former Rangwe MP Otieno Ogindo ran unsuccessfully for Homa Bay Town MP on the Green Congress of Kenya party ticket.

Ogindo was Rangwe MP from 2008 to 2013. He came in second in the race won by incumbent Peter Kaluma of ODM. Kaluma beat him in 2013 polls.

Former Migori MP Owino Likowa who ran for senator against incumbent Wilfred Machage was defeated by ODM’s Ben Okello.

Likowa was beaten in 2007 by John Pesa, and in 2013 by Junet Mohamed in Suna East.

Pesa, the former Migori MP, ran for Suna East MP this year and was defeated by incumbent Junet Mohamed.

Other losers include West Mugirango MP James Gesami who lost the Nyamira governor race to incumbent John Nyagarama.

Nyamira Senator Mongare Okong’o also lost his bid for governor.

Okong’o had initially declared interest in the presidency but later changed his mind.

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