Teso South constituency MP Geoffrey Omuse ( Photo Courtesy)
As the August 9 general election inches closer, politicians tend to make some big political gambles in a bid to enhance their chances of winning or re-election. Teso South Member of Parliament Geoffrey Omuse is no exception.
The first- time MP has just opted to decamp from ODM and defend his seat as an independent candidate. This is a big gamble which could end up backfiring.
In a region that has been painted orange for years, running for any political seat will prove difficult if one is not a member of ODM. And Omuse's decision somehow appears strange!
Teso South MP Geoffrey Omuse's campaign poster where he has opted to run as an independent candidate ( Photo Courtesy)
With Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong set to run to the Teso South MP seat on ODM ticket, Omuse will have himself to blame.
Considering Ojaamong's stature in Teso politics, he will have an easy ride against Omuse.
Considered a political lightweight by his opponents, Omuse has only given his rivals an opportunity to badly hit him, exposing him as an indecisive politician who is not ready to go for a free and fair nomination exercise.
There is no doubt that Ojaamong will thrive on this narrative to completely finish the 42-year old Omuse in Teso South politics.
If I were Omuse, I would have remained in ODM and go through the nomination exercise. Even if he were to lose to Ojaamong, he would surely end up landing a powerful position in Government should ODM leader Raila Odinga succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta after the August 9 poll.
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