Governor Ongwae taking oath of office for a second term at Gusii Stadium on August 21st 2017

Governor Ongwae's swearing in ceremony

Health Cabinet Secretary Dr. Cleopa Mailu Joins Governors under the umbrella Lake Region Economic Block (LREB) during a Health Conference Held at Kisii University Grounds on 29th and 30th March, 2017

Lake Region Economic Block (LREB) Health Conference

Governor Ongwae receives Olympian Hellen Onsando Obiri, the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics Silver medalist

Homecoming of Hellen Obiri

Governor Ongwae addresses county stakeholders during the county ICT consumer forum, Kikao Kikuu, organised by the CAK and Kisii County Government at the Gusii Stadium

ICT Consumer Forum

Governor James Ongwae leads residents of Kisii County in marking the 53rd Madaraka Day Celebrations at the Gusii Stadium

53rd Madaraka day celebrations

Cord leader Raila Odinga (centre) receives a figurine of a giraffe made from soapstone from Kisii Governor James Ongwae and Senator Chris Obure during the launch of the Kisii Entrepreneurship Summit (KES) 2016

KES Launch at Kisii university grounds

Kisii County Governor James Ongwae, Senator Chris Obure and Deputy Governor James Maangi during the launch of Kisii Entrepreneurship Summit 2016 at the Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi

KES Launch at Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi

Governor James Ongwae joins over 300 doctors drawn from Kisii and Nyamira counties under the umbrella organization Inka medics association (IMA) for dinner

Governor joins Inka Medics Association for dinner

Governor Ongwae scoops gender and disability mainstreaming award

Gender and Disability awards

H.E Governor James Ongwae woos investors in Perth, Australia

H.E Governor James Ongwae woos investors in Perth, Australia

Kisii University Vice Chanchellor Prof. Akama speaks during an e-waste management workshop in a Kisii Hotel

E-waste management workshop

High court upholds the election of Governor James Ongwae

The High Court sitting in Kisii has dismissed with costs a petition challenging the election of Hon. James Ongwae as Governor for Kisii County.

Justice Hellen Omondi ruled that Governor Ongwae and his Deputy Joash Maangi was validly elected and declared winners by the Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in the August 8, 2017 polls.

Governor Ongwae won the polls after garnering 206,164 votes against his closest challenger Chris Obure who polled 110,164 votes. Former South Mugirango MP Manson Nyamweya was third with 53,073 votes.

In her ruling, Justice Omondi the errors cited in the petition were of human nature and when such errors don’t fundamentally affect the margin of victory, the court should not interfere.

"The duplicity of results was not widespread and there is a human, scientific and logical explanation to this because the election officials were tired and had not slept for a long period. An election is a human endeavour that is not carried out by programmed machines. Where there is no malice on the part of polling agents, we cannot nullify the election," she observed.

Voters Joel Makori Onsando and Francis Omao Mochoge had filed the petition on grounds of lack of credibility of the voters register, discrepancies in votes cast for the six different elections, use of County Government officials as poll agents and various poll malpractices.

Through their lawyers Edward Begi and Omwansa Ombati, the petitioners sought to have the court quash Governor Ongwae’s election and order a fresh poll.

Regarding discrepancies in the valid votes cast for presidential, gubernatorial, senatorial, County Assembly and parliamentary polls, Justice Omondi said there was an explanation to the same.

"It is possible that a voter can enter a polling station, be issued with six ballot papers but only choose to vote for their favourite candidates ignoring the rest hence the discrepancies," she said.

Addressing supporters outside the court, Governor Ongwae thanked God for the verdict. He thanked the people of Kisii County for voting for him overwhelmingly in the last general elections and pledged to work tirelessly to ensure the region develops.

"I want to thank my lawyers Counsel O’Mogeni and Wanyama for their good job. I also thank the judiciary for giving us a fair judgement. I would not forget my family who have stood with me during this difficult five months," he said.

He extended an olive branch to his political opponents asking them to join hands and develop Kisii County. "I was elected to serve all Kisii County residents including those who didn’t vote for me. I will work closely with my Deputy Joash Maangi, Senator Prof. Sam Ongeri and County MP Janet Ong’era to realize our vision," added a jubilant Ongwae.

Later, the leaders and their supporters marched through the streets of Kisii Town before converging at the Gusii Stadium for brief speeches. Senator Ongeri and Hon. Ong’era pledged to work with the Governor to actualize the aspirations of the electorate.

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