August 9

Fatuma Mohamed: From weeping after ‘losing’ ODM primaries to smiling to parliament

Friday, August 12th, 2022 10:01 | By
Migori Woman Representative-elect Fatuma Mohamed. PHOTO/Courtesy
Migori Woman Representative-elect Fatuma Mohamed. PHOTO/Courtesy

Independent candidate Fatuma Mohamed trounced five opponents to clinch the Migori Woman Representative seat in Tuesday's polls.

In the poll results announced on Friday morning, Mohamed garnered 154,538 votes beating her main rival Dennitah Ghati of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party, who managed 117,597 votes.

Other candidates who lost in the election are Lilian Otieno of the ruling Jubilee party and independent candidates Zilpah Ochuodho, Josephine Sirega and Hellen Obado.

Fatuma Mohamed breaks 10-year jinx

Mohamed clinched the seat after two unsuccessful attempts, in the 2013 and 2017 polls.

In April she made headlines after viral claims that she had been rigged out during the ODM party primaries.

Mohamed was captured in a viral video blasting the ODM party leadership for allegedly shortchanging her in favour of Ghati, who won the ODM party ticket.

Ghati was handed the ticket after garnering 37,792 votes against Mohamed's 23,552 in the party primaries.

While protesting at the Migori TTC tallying centre, Mohamed claimed that she was more popular than Ghati.

An emotional Mohamed revealed she had sold her house worth Ksh25 million to fund her campaigns only to be rejected by her party.

“Ghati was not popular and even Raila told her twice to step aside, but she refused. I won this nomination the same way I did in the last two elections and my victory was given to others. This is unfair,” an angry Mohamed lamented.

“I have been very fair to the party. Why me? Why me? I have been spending millions and I sold my house worth Ksh25 million to prove that I want to be a woman representative."

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