Almost a week after casting their votes on 9th August 2022, Residents of Migori County are still anxiously waiting for the announcement of Presidential results and are yet to resume normal life.
And worst of all this day when counting for the Presidential votes has reached the home stretch, voters in the region are yet to see a glimpse of “white smoke” signaling a win for their preferred candidate and Azimio one Kenya Alliance flagbearer Raila Amolo Odinga.
An interview with various people from the area revealed diverse opinions regarding the much awaited out-come of the 2022 general elections on Presidential position.
While others noted that they were sure of Mr. Odinga’s win, others were skeptical saying the Kenya Kwanza Coalition’s strong wave in Rift Valley and Central Kenya had already turned tables on their candidate and it was a matter of hours that Dr. William Samoe Ruto, the coalition candidate, would be declared a winner by the Independent and Election Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati.
“Since Tuesday last week I have not gone to my place of work idling around and about waiting to celebrate Raila Odinga’s win,” confirmed Mr. Peter Otieno, a mutumba vendor in Awendo town.
To Mrs. Meresa Atieno, a hair dresser in Uriri Market, the delay in announcing the Presidential results was making her sick and was an able to do her house chores properly.
“It is time Chebukati and his team hastened the verification of the results and declare whoever has won to allow Kenyans go back to their normal life,” cried Atieno.
A spot-check in various sectors of work that drive the region’s economy found out that many had not resumed operations to their normal levels since Tuesday last week
For instance, the transport sector is still operating at 40 percent with very few Matatus, Buses, Taxis and even boda bodas back on their usual routes for lack of customers.
“We are also still not sure whether the out-come of the Presidential race will maintain peace or spark violence in the country hence many of our members have decided to keep off the roads their vehicles,” explained the Migori County Matatu Vice-chairman, Mr. Collins Ouru.
The fishing sector in the region has also not been spared in this current lull with many fishermen still holed-up at home anxiously waiting to hear Mr. Odinga declared the fifth President.
A quick-check at some National and County government departments in Migori, Awendo, Kehancha, Isebania, and Rongo headquarters revealed that many had not resumed full operations because many of their staff have not reported back for duties after voting in their respective constituencies.