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Governor Awiti's rival speaks after terrible Supreme Court loss

Curtis Otieno
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Former Homabay gubernatorial aspirant Oyugi Magwanga (R) engages Governor Cyprian Awiti during a past event. [Source/Dala FM]

Homa Bay gubernatorial aspirant Oyugi Magwanga has called for calm among his supporters after failing to topple Governor Cyprian Awiti from the slot.

Magwanga had filed a petition against Awiti's August 8, 2017, reelection, maintaining that he won the seat and the governor is wrongly in office.

Speaking after the Supreme Court upheld Awiti's win on Thursday, Magwanga called upon his supporters to desist from any form of retaliation.

In its ruling read by Justice Jackton Ojwang, the court faulted the lower courts for ignoring calls for votes scrutiny, and therefore overlooked the law.

To ensure that peace prevails, Homa Bay County Commissioner Irungu Macharia said that measures are in place to prevent any clash between supporters of the two politicians.

Magwanga ran alongside Joshua Orero as his running mate.

The win came as a relief to Awiti who had lost the initial two rounds of the battle, with both the high and appellate court ruling in favour of the petitioner.

He won the seat on the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) ticket, the region's most popular and strongest party, while his rival ran on an independent ticket.

He was represented by lawyers Otiende Amollo, James Orengo and Tom Ojienda while magwanga was represented by Charles Kanjama.

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