The Busia County Governor Sospeter Ojaamong on Monday stormed back into power for his second in a thunderous storm that brought business in the usually bustling Busia border town to a total standstill during his swearing in ceremony.
Hundreds of thousands of wananchi swarmed the town and flooded the Busia County stadium to a capacity never witnessed before where the ceremony was being held in a sweeping storm more powerful than that which saw him ‘tuoma’ (knock-out) his closed rival in this year’s August 8th general elections the outgoing Funyula constituency legislator Paul Otuoma.
They started arriving from all corners of the county as early as 6.00 am for the ceremony that was scheduled to start at around 10.30 am using all manner of transport from Public Service Vehicles, private cars, motorbikes, boda boda, school buses….name it all.
The excited, singing, ululating, chanting and drum beating as well as horn and vuvuzela blowing old men and women, young men and women and even children not being left behind had thronged to the Busia county headquarters from Osieko, Changara, Budalangi, Otuoma’s Funyula, Butula, Matayos, Nambale, South and North Teso sub-counties.
The crowds at the heavily packed stadium could not even compare to the last rally the National Super Alliance (NASA) led by the outfit’s presidential flag bearer Raila Odinga, Kalonzo, Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula held at the same venue.
There was heavy traffic jam right from the ever busy Busia – Kisumu highway through the County referral hospital, Bulanda and Milimani roads right into the town’s Central Business District worsened by the heavy duty transport trucks crossing into and coming from Uganda including the Busy town’s bus park.
All the newly elected Members of Parliament for Teso North and South, Budalangi’s veteran Raphael Wanjala, Funyula’s Mudenyo, Butula’s Oyula led by Nambale’s John Bunyasi, the County Secretary Nicodemus Mulaku and host Matayos’s Geoffrey Odongo including the Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) were present.
The most glaring absence was that of the County senator Amos Wako and all the other outgoing Members of Parliament who were invited to attend the event, but it was not clear if any of them sent any apologies for their failure to attend.
What is clear is the fact most these outgoing legislators like Arthur Odera of Teso North, Mary Emase of Teso South, Budalangi’s Ababu Nwamwamba and of course Funyula’s Otuoma led by Wako were vehemently and viciously opposed to Ojammong’s retention of that seat.
During the ceremony it also clearly emerged that this time round, Ojaamong’s prayers must have been answered by God giving him a positive team of Members of Parliament who officially declared to closely work with the governor’s county government.
Each and every one of them declared that need for the county’s unity and immediately put behind the heat and un-necessary animosities created in the run-up to the August general elections as the interests of the county were more paramount than those of any single individual.
It is worth noting that amongst the last crop of MPs from the county of the just ending parliament out of the seven sub-counties of the county, a majority of them were vehemently, viciously and even virulently opposed to Ojaamong’s leadership hardly two years in office citing all manner of failures that ironically they could not quantify or offer tangible proof.
The situation became so bad that on numerous occasions deliberate plots were hatched to publicly humiliate Ojaamong who simply laughed it off with his traditional laughter and smile, but the entire machinations also came to a head when Otuoma and Namwamba masterminded a motion to impeach him but it was outmaneuvered and became a cropper.
On being sworn it Ojaamong declared war on non-performing officials of the county government, particularly County Executives and Chief Officers against whom he was immediately going to crack the whip if they were found to be failures in providing excellent public service delivery.
“To that effect I am going to restructure my administration to ensure that wananchi get the best service delivery. I am humbled to return to the county to continue serving you as the Governor of this great county,” he said triggering a thunderous applause.
The governor says that there are major incomplete projects that he had started all over the county that include tarmacking of feeder roads in all the county’s urban centres, water, rural access roads, agriculture, education, market stalls, culture sports, health, cooperative development that he is going to prioritize in completing and starting new ones without favour or discrimination.
He thanked all his opponents for the maturity they displayed during the campaigns saying: “It is time to put aside our differences that might have occurred and unite together as one people to take our county to greater heights.”
Ojaamong continued: “I congratulate all my opponents and their campaign teams for the hard fought campaign. They tried their best but like a football match there is always a loser and a winner.
I want to particularly appreciate the former Funyula MP Dr. Paul Nyongesa Otuoma for the spirited campaign he put up. We must appreciate his contribution to the development of this great county.”
He however said that the time for politicking is over and it is now time to focus on the development of the county and urges his opponents to join forces with him to closely work together in executing the county’s development projects.
Interestingly the governor reached out for those who did not vote for him for their guidance and help so that they can work together in the development aspirations for the county as he committed to discharge his duties diligently and to the best of his abilities.
He argues these developments will trigger the explosion of employment opportunities for the county’s youths most of whom are un-employed as well as strengthening the county’s economic base and general performance.