Bonchari MP- elect Pavel Oimeke ( Photo Courtesy)
According to the final results as declared by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, Oimeke carried the day after garnering 8049 votes against Jubilee candidate Zebedee Opore's 6954.
Even the United Democratic Alliance candidate gave a good show after garnering 7279 votes.
The hard-fought ODM win came against the backdrop of police intimidation claims that saw Raila Odinga-led outfit fire a warning shot at Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang'i.
According to the ODM leadership which had pitched tent in Bonchari, the powerful CS was misusing his powers to influence the outcome of the election.
But despite all this, the Orange party was able to redeem itself after a series of losses in the previous by-elections.
Kisii Governor James Ongwae ( Photo Courtesy)
But who is the man behind this ODM's impressive win in Bonchari?
Kisii Governor James Ongwae will no take all the credit for delivering the seat to ODM.
As Raila's point man in the larger Gusii region, Ongwae took charge of the ODM campaigns. Not even the alleged police intimidation could distract him.
As the man in-charge of all the coordinations, the soft-spoken Governor's mobilization skills paid off.
A man of few words, Ongwae took advantage of his presence in the grassroots to deliver the seat. At some point, he was forced to host the ODM county elected leaders for strategy meetings on how to win. And it worked.
With ODM slowly reclaiming Kisii region after a poor performance in 2017, Ongwae is the man who can execute the mission.
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