Kenya Decides 2017: Governor Oparanya retains his seat after huge win

Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya
Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya

Kakamega County Governor Wycliffe Oparanya has retained the gubernatorial seat on an ODM ticket with a mudslide win against his main opponent, the former Kakamega Senator Dr. Bonny Khalwale of Ford Kenya with 387,999 against 134,999 votes.

While receiving his certificate from the Kakamega County IEBC returning officer Grace Rono, Governor Oparanya praised the IEBC team for conducting a free, fair and credible exercise in the County, calling upon the residents to remain calm as they wait for the presidential results.

This was echoed by the IEBC returning officer Grace Rono who preached peace ahead of the results announcement.

However, Dr. Khalwale has refuted the results calling for a fresh exercise in Kakamega county and Kenya as a whole.

He said that the exercise was not credible and they have enough evidence to prove the same.

He has accused a senior IEBC officer in Kakamega County of having received a huge payment from a Kakamega County executive officer to alter the results.

Khalwale argued that there is no way hundreds of voters could cast their votes in favour of Governor Oparanya and not do the same for other political seats.

ODM managed two seats in Kakamega county, the Shinyalu and Mumias west constituencies, Jubilee managing four while ANC managed six seats.

He has joined other aspirants in calling for calm even after the presidential results are announced calling the IEBC officials to release credible presidential results immediately to do away with the tension that is being witnessed in Kenya.

The senatorial seat was taken by ANC’s Cleophas Malala who garnered
258,178 votes against his ODM opponent Seth Panyako. In his speech to the media, Malala assured the Kakamega residents that their resources will be safe and called upon the governor to ensure equal and fair distribution of the County resources and seats according to NASA’s agreement.

However, Panyako refuted the results claiming that they were manipulated. He said that he will challenge the same in a court of law.

Elsie Muhanda of ODM won the Kakamega county woman representative’s seat with a total of 341,880 votes against ANC’s Pamela Inyangala who garnered 136, 324 votes.

Inyangala also refuted the results claiming that rigging was involved.