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Why Oyugi Magwanga is now 'finished'

Curtis Otieno
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Homabay Governor Cyprian Awiti (L) and his rival Oyugi Magwanga during a past instance. [Source/Hon. Oyugi Magwanga/ Twitter]

Former Homa Bay governor aspirant Oyugi Magwanga will have it very hard realizing the bid after the Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the victory of governor Cyprian Awiti.

The latter lost to Awiti in the August 8 general elections, before petitioning the victory in court, claiming that he was the rightful winner.

And though he smelled the victory twice when the high and appellate courts ruled in his favour, annulling Awiti's reelection, he can now bid the seat goodbye.

This was his only chance to win the seat in a by-election, now that other strong aspirants rumoured to be eyeing the seat are serving their mandates in different seats.

In 2022, should he vie again, he will most likely have to face off with county Woman Representative Gladys Wanga and Suba South lawmaker John Mbadi.

Both are close allies of opposition leader Raila Odinga who doubles up as the region's kingpin, automatically locking Magwanga out of the seat, unless he devises a very smart trick.

But were he to win the Supreme Court battle, he would only have to beat Awiti who, just like all governors, has made many enemies in the course of his tenure.

Using this, he would have had it easier getting past the county chief before proceeding to establish himself and giving the electorate a reason to reelect him in 2022 through proper service delivery.

But now that he is out, he will have it super hard even getting the second position in the approaching race, and might perform so dismally that he won't have a reason to return to court.


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