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What Supreme Court's latest decision means to Raila

Curtis Otieno
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Opposition leader Raila Odinga (R) and Homa Bay Governor Cyprian Awiti during a past meeting. [Source/Cyprian Awiti/ Twitter]

Opposition leader Raila Odinga is obviously a relieved man after the Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the August 8, 2017 reelection of Homa Bay Governor Cyprian Awiti.

Raila was obviously growing tensed considering that Awiti's rival Oyugi Magwanga has twice beaten Awiti at the high and appellate courts.

The ruling now saves Raila from the hustle of trying to recapture the seat were the court to declare it vacant since Awiti is in office on his Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party ticket.

This is with the consideration that he would not want the seat to be in the hands of a rival party in a region considered his bedrock and where he gets most of his support.

The fear of another series of tiring campaigns and long journeys from one part of the county to the other is now gone and replaced with relief and sighs.

Also, the normal hustle of nominations and rows that follow when the party issues direct tickets is now gone and the party leadership can only celebrate.

Raila will no longer have to deal with the mockery he always encounters from his rivals when he camps in a place to campaign for his party's candidate.

Such was witnessed when he camped in Migori county in September to campaign for the party senatorial candidate Ochillo Ayacko, Raila received much mockery from allies of Deputy President William Ruto for trying to hide his allegedly growing weakness in the region.

Therefore, though Awiti and his deputy Hamilton Orata are now a happy duo, the former Prime Minister is equally happy.

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