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Wednesday, 26 Oct 2016 20:39 EAT
The Orange Democratic Movement won the by-election in Nyacheki ward by a landslide. Its candidate Naftali Onkoba received 1,689 votes compared to Jubilee's Maxwell Magoma's 432 votes.
It was a day of drama with accusations and counter-accusations of rigging. The police were till this evening searching for Bossi Bogetaori Member of County Assembly Boniface Okenye who went missing for shooting in the air three times using his private firearm after chaos erupted in the by-election. Nyamache OCPD Japheth Mwiricha said police were pursuing the MCA after the gun incident where he said he has put up adequate measures to ensure that he is apprehended.
The chaos erupted after claims of voter bribery by Mr Okenye at Mochengo polling station which did not go well with the electorate. The MCA, who was elected on an ODM ticket, had been campaigning for the Jubilee candidate Mr Magoma. Others who had drummed up support for Magoma included former constitutional implementation commission chairman Charles Nyachae, Kisii Deputy Governor Joash Maangi, Bobasi MP Stephen Manoti and his Nyaribari Chache counterpart Richard Tongi.
ODM's campaign was spearheaded by party chairman John Mbadi, Treasurer Timothy Bosire and Kisii Governor James Ongwae. Other candidates in the race included Caleb Onguti (KNC), Isaac Mogecha (Wiper), Moracha Mochache (NVP), Kennedy Arama (CCU), Zechariah Nyagaka (CCM), Morang’a Mekubo (CMD), Ezekiel Magati (LPK), Walter Mokua (Ford Kenya), Samuel Nyabuto (PDP), Peter Oibi (MDP) and Justus Nyaberi (PPK).
The ward which has 10,924 registered voters with 23 voting stations witnessed low voter turn-out for the by-election whose tallying was conducted at Isena Mixed Secondary School.
The writer is the news editor of the Kenya Free Press