OPINION: Why Nyamita towers over Ayacko, Anyanga and Dalmas in governor race to replace Obado

Uriri MP Mark Nyamita interacts with elderly women at Uriri DC’s office

By Oginga Kodinga

The race to succeed outgoing two-term Migori governor Okoth Obado is presently heating up.

The contest has attracted active legislators and former legislators.

Uriri MP Mark Nyamita is also keen at thrusting himself to the political race.

The ODM lawmaker, who unsuccessfully ran for the seat in 2013, is arguably the most suited candidate to replace Obado.

Nyamita’s seamless delivery during his first term gives him an edge over his competitors.

The first term lawmaker has won the hearts of his constituents with his attractive scorecard.

During his tenure, the once under developed constituency has received huge infrastructural facelift.

Nyamita has undertaken various school projects, water projects, road networking among others.

He is also a sports fanatic owing to his current position as the patron of Migori Youth FC that plies its trade in the country’s second tier division.

The MP, during his annual soccer tournament, donated an ambulance to a local hospital that has stayed without ambulance services for decades now.

His attachment with the locals proves as a secret weapon over his competitors who have lost touch with the people.

Nyamita recently bankrolled the cloud fumigation of primary and secondary schools around the constituency ahead of the resumption of studies.

Talking to a host of Migori county residents, Nyamita’s name pops up as the gubernatorial seat favourite.

Locals claim that the South Nyanza county deserves a county head with a corporate leadership background.

Nyamita is celebrated for his succesful stint at the helm of Airtel Company when it first set foot in Kenya’s Communications industry.

His rich corporate background is set to work in his advantage being that the locals yearn for a governor with managerial traits.

The MP is set to battle it out for the Orange party nomination ticket with the county’s senator Ochillo Ayacko. Ayacko has vied twice unsuccessfully for the gubernatorial seat, losing to Okoth Obado in both instances.

He however clinched the senatorial seat in a by-election necessitated by the demise of Ben Oluoch Okello.

The race however depicted his unpopularity in the county after little known Eddy Muok gave him a run for his money.

Nyamita, being an political heavyweight in Migori presently, will find it easy if he was to battle it out with Ochillo.

The 2022 race has also attracted veteran politician Dalmas Otieno.

The former cabinet minister has been in political cold since his last stint as Rongo constituency MP in 2007-2013. He has also been written off by locals given that he is aged.

Former Nyatike MP Anyanga has also expressed interest in the seat. Anyanga, who was sent to political oblivion after being humbled by newbie Tom Odege, putting in question his performance.

This leaves Mark Nyamita as the only candidate with a track record and the politician with the quintessential attributes to take over upon the retirement of Okoth Obado