NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 24 – Nyanza Jubilee leaders who vied for different posts and lost in the just concluded General Election have asked their supporters to remain calm even as they wait for the Supreme Court ruling in the case filed by the opposition challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory.
Led by Tom Otieno Onyango, the Jubilee gubernatorial candidate for Homa Bay who lost in the polls, appealed to his supporters who are also largely pro-Opposition to exercise restraint and allow the courts to perform its duty.
“Even though there is a court case which is set to deliberate on the issue, we are asking the people of Nyanza to be patient. As the Jubilee members from Nyanza region we are asking our people to wait for the verdict and to maintain peace in the region,” said Onyango.
The Homa Bay gubernatorial race featured four candidates: Cyprian Otieno Awiti (ODM), Joseph Magwanga (Independent), Tom Otieno Onyango (Jubilee) and Medo Luke Misama (Independent).
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) declared Orange Democratic Movement’s Awiti, under the National Super Alliance (NASA) the winner of the Homa Bay gubernatorial race and has since been sworn-in to office.
Jubilee’s hopeful, Onyango came in a distant third after managing to garner 1, 272 votes.
Onyango who spoke on Thursday at a strategy meeting that brought together the Jubilee Nyanza leaders appealed to President Kenyatta not to turn a blind eye in Nyanza region in matters pertaining development despite the region having overwhelmingly voted for the Opposition leader, Raila Odinga in the August 8 polls.
“All Nyanza people need to be considered too because they pay taxes, the President belongs to all of us,” said Onyango.
Other leaders who were also present at the meeting include Christine Atieno Otieno Jubilee’s gubernatorial candidate for Kisumu who lost to ODM’s Anyang’ Ny’ong’o and Dan Salim Akello, Siaya gubernatorial candidate who lost to ODM’s Cornel Rasanga.
The leaders assured Kenyatta and his administration of their unwavering support and promised to work side by side with the government for the prosperity of the people of Nyanza.