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Thursday, 18 May 2017 11:38 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
A politician with an unenviable educational background who was strapped for cash most of the time during the just-ended ODM primaries in Kisumu Central ward won the ticket against a pack of relatively more charismatic, educated and financially endowed opponents.
Fred Ouda, the MCA for Central Gem ward, won the repeat ODM nominations held in Kisumu Central on Tuesday with 6,694 votes against his closest challenger, former TNA secretary general Onyango Oloo's 4,991. Incumbent MP Ken Obura came in a distant third with 1,040 votes, while Richard Ogendo and former Kisumu mayor Sam Okello got only 879 and 571 votes respectively.
The triumph of Mr Ouda has sent tongues wagging in the lakeside city with pundits intrigued by the high number of women voters who came out to back him. The aspirant's improbable win has spawned a popular saying in the town laced with sexual connotations - "Ng'ama dhako kochiki ni miyi to miyi".
Translated loosely as 'when a woman promises, she delivers", the phrase has been used to impute a special relationship the aspirant ostensibly enjoys with a number of influential women activists from the constituency, in particular the populous Obunga slums.
For some people, the women who are believed to have voted for Mr Ouda in large numbers could never have come at a more appropriate time, messing up the political hopes of Messrs Oloo and Obura, two of the fiercest critics of ODM during the ending parliamentary term, who had seemed unassailable in the race given their deep pockets.