ODM Governor Loses Bid to Become MP

  • Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga (left) and Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong
    Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga (left) and Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong.
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  • Outgoing Busia governor Sospeter Ojaamong on Wednesday, August 10, conceded defeat in his quest to become Teso South Member of Parliament.

    In a statement, Ojaamong who was first elected governor in 2013, thanked the locals for their support during the campaigns.  

    "The elections are over, but our principles will endure for generations. To my family, friends, team, and campaigners thank you for the unwavering support during my reign and campaign period," read the statement in part. 

    Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong (2nd from the right) and other county officials pictured at the Agricultural Training Centre on April 20, 2020.
    Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong (2nd from the right) and other county officials pictured at the Agricultural Training Centre on April 20, 2020.
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    Ojaamong was battling it out with Geoffrey Omuse who was vying as an independent candidate and Mary Emase of the United Democratic Alliance- UDA.

    The politician congratulated the Orange Democratic Movement- ODM candidate in the Busia gubernatorial race, Paul Otuoma, for what he termed as an imminent victory for him. 

    He further pledged to support the next administration and oversee a smooth transition. 

    "Congratulations H.E. Paul Nyongesa Otuoma on being elected our second governor. The transfer of power will be seamless in order to get you started."

    Ojaamong’s first political assignment was in 2002 when he was elected as the MP for Amagoro Constituency.

    He was reelected in 2007 as the MP for the newly created Teso South Constituency. He also served as assistant minister in the Ministry of Labour between 2008 and 2013.

    He successfully defended the seat in 2017 by beating his closest competitor Otuoma, who is poised to succeed him if provisional results are anything to go by.

    Ojaamong was handed the ODM party ticket to vie for the Teso South parliamentary seat, a decision that irked the incumbent MP Geoffery Omuse, who chose to vie as an independent candidate.

    Busia county has seven constituencies, which are Budalangi, Butula, Funyula, Teso North, Teso South, Nambale and

    Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong (front with black shirt) during the burial of Kevina Ekeya at Ng'elechom in Chakol North Ward on Saturday, March 13, 2021.
    Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong (front with black shirt) during the burial of Kevina Ekeya at Ng'elechom in Chakol North Ward on Saturday, March 13, 2021.
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    Matayos.