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Tuesday, 10 Jan 2017 14:19 EAT
Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong has told off Busia Professionals Association chairman Professor Stephen Odebero over the association's opinion poll that gave the governor's opponent Vincent Sidai 35.1 percent approval rating, projecting Engineer Sidai as the best placed candidate to become the governor in this year's election. The poll gave Mr Ojaamong 28.4 percent.
Addressing a press conference in his office on Wednesday, the Governor said Prof Odebero was "compromised in arriving at the results", claiming the chairman had indicated his intention of being Eng. Sidai's running mate during the August 8 polls. "I am not shaken by such machinations. In the count-down to 2013 general elections, I was ranked seventh in the polls but I proved critics wrong by emerging first to become the Governor of Busia County. I am satisfied with Bupa's ranking since it is the residents who will determine who will be their second governor, but not a few people meeting in a pub to release the results as if there are no institutions in Busia," he said.
Mr Ojaamong added: "I am disappointed that Prof Odebero has abandoned his duties as the County Education Board chairman to engage in dirty politics. Education standards are plummeting under the professor's watch. He has failed to deliver in his mandate. I expect universities in Busia and KMTCs to avert the shortage of teachers and medics, but the Professor has now been relegated to opinion polls."
He told Prof. Odebero to emulate other professionals across the country whom he said had "done their best to steer their members to greater heights". "I am disappointed that the County has no architects and engineers. Instead of addressing such anomalies the Prof is busy preaching, drinking and conducting opinion polls," he said.
The writer is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press