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Opinion: When a Former Governor's 'Charm' Failed to Work at His Hour of Need

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga (left) and Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong in a jubilant mood

Just like many Raila 'orphans', former Busia governor Sospeter Ojaamong is staring at a 'dead' political career after two decades of breaking no sweat in politics. A seamless era which Ojaamong oftenly attributed to his charm that voters found difficult to repulse.

Ojaamong who first clinched the Amagoro constituency seat in 2002 was easily reelected in 2007 as the MP for the newly created Teso South Constituency. To voters, he (Ojaamong) had a compelling or magical force that made him irresistible.

With the advent of devolution, Ojaamong clinched the gubernatorial election courtesy of a strategic power sharing agreement between the Teso and Luhya communities which are predominantly in Busia county. The Luhya bargained for a position in the senate (Amos Wako) while the Teso had the governor on their side.

In 2017, Ojaamong political career was facing a threat courtesy of Paul Otuoma's candidature but his charm came to his rescue once again. He successfully defended the seat.

In the 2022 general elections, Ojaamong who was keen to find a political lifeline after exhausting his term as governor contested for the Teso South parliamentary seat. This time round, his charm and charisma was nowhere to be seen.

Ojaamong who was contesting on the ODM party ticket met his waterloo after he came third place with 11,165 votes behind former MP Mary Emaase of UDA who got 18,165 votes, followed by the then incumbent, Geoffrey Omuse (independent) who garnered 16,423.

Lost of options, Ojaamong conceded defeat and retreated to political oblivion after two decades of dominating Teso politics.

Since then, Ojaamong has never made any public appearance and his whereabouts remain largely unknown. Indeed the charm was a disappointment.

Teso South MP Mary Emaase and Sospeter Ojaamong in a past event

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