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Updated Tue, September 18th 2012 at 00:00 GMT +3

He has settled in Tuthu location where he has a large tea estate that is normally used as a demonstration farm to educate farmers on crop husbandry by agriculture officers.

He has promised to embark on water, roads and village polytechnics and streamline bursary allocation in a bid to ensure the needy students complete their education.

In Ndhiwa, Neto who had been touted as the frontrunner clinched the seat to succeed the late Ojode who perished with his long time friend and his boss the late Saitoti.

“I have done my campaigns and groundwork and all is well…I am certain that I will carry the day,” Neto had told our reporters after casting his vote in the morning.

He added that he had an advantage against his rivals having run on a party that had massive support in the constituency and Nyanza region at large.

“The ODM nominations were the toughest contest and I made it. These elections are just formality because voters have already decided to elect me,” he added.

He added he was not underrating his opponents but he was confident that they would not manage to beat him.

Oyugi noted that the presence of Prime Minister Raila Odinga in the constituency over the weekend to drum up support for him gave him more mileage.

“Voters here have a lot of respect for the PM and they would not go against his request. He asked them not to embarrass him by voting for my opponents and that is what I expect them to do,” he added.

Neto added he would come up with a strategic plan, which would guide his leadership if he wins the seat.

“It has been a tough campaign and a serious political experience for me,” he added.

He pointed out that winning the seat would be a beginning of his political career.

-Reporting by Francis Ngige, Moses Njagi, Boniface Gikandi, Mangoa Mosota and James Omoro


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