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Raila to grace Ojaamong’s inauguration on Monday

National Super Alliance leader Raila Odinga is the chief guest at Busia Governor-elect Sospeter Ojaamong’s inauguration on Monday.

He will be joined the Uganda’s Soroti-based Iteso cultural leader Emormor Augustine among other dignitaries.

County secretary Nicodemus Mulaku said an invitation has been extended to Raila and other NASA co-principals.

Ojaamong and deputy governor-elect Moses Mulomi will take oath of office at the Busia Stadium.

Preparations to host the ceremony are in top gear.

The letters were dispatched to Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi, Moses Wetangula and Isaac Rutto.

He said a 26-man delegation from Uganda led by Emormor are also expected for the swearing-in ceremony.

“Preparations are in top gear for the fete which is expected to start at 10am,” Mulaku said on Sunday.

The county secretary said invitation has also been extended to Ojaamong’s challengers in the August 8 election.

They are Paul Otuoma, Okoch Mondoh, Francis Oyatsi, Michael Oloo, Benjamin Okwara and Eng Dan Barasa.

Former Vice President Moody Awori is also on the list of invitees.

Ex-Cabinet ministers from the county namely Philip Masinde, James Osogo, Yekoyada Masakhalia, Dr Julia Ojiambo, Prof Christine Mango, Oduya Oprong, A.A.A. Ekirapa, among others are also expected.

The MPs-elect Oku Kaunya (Teso North), Geoffrey Omuse (Teso South), Geoffrey Odanga (Matayos), Joseph Oyula (Butula), Dr Oundo Mudenyo (Funyula), John Bunyasi (Nambale) and Raphael Wanjala (Budalangi) will also be part of the occasion.

Outgoing MPs, Senator-elect Amos Wako, woman representative-elect Florence Mutua, elected and outgoing MCAs are also expected.

Ojaamong won the seat after beating Otuoma with 135,153 votes against the latter’s 125,905 in a closely contested race.

The county chief has promised overhaul his administration to improve service delivery.

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Matayos MP-elect Geoffrey Odanga urged Busia residents to turn up in large numbers to witness the colorful event.

“I am appealing to him to deliver a message of cohesion and peace to the people of Busia.”

“It is my hope that the new cabinet to be named by the Governor will have the face of the county,” he said.

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