Governor Cyprian Awiti: Homa Bay gubernatorial ticket kept at quiet and safe place
Homa Bay Governor Cyprian Awiti amused mourners saying he has kept the county gubernatorial ticket in his genitals. He used the word “key” to symbolise the ticket for the county gubernatorial post.
Awiti is serving his second and last term in office, according to the Constitution, and will pave way for another in 2022.
A number of politicians have expressed their interest in succeeding him and several have begun their campaigns in earnest, about 18 months to the General Elections.
In what he implied to be a warning to the politicians who have started campaigning for the seat, Awiti said he is the one carrying the ticket for next governor of Homa Bay. Awiti amused mourners who included ODM leader Raila Odinga during the burial of former Homa Bay County Council Clerk Origa Opiyo in Ndhiwa Constituency last weekend when he declared where the ticket is hidden.
Awiti began by saying Homa Bay is the stronghold of Raila’s ODM party in Nyanza region. For that matter, the person who would become the next Governor would be determined by Raila.
But Raila had given him the key, he said, making him one of the forces to reckon with in determining the person who becomes the next governor. However, the place where said the key is kept was shocking.
“Homa Bay is the bedroom of Raila Odinga. He has given me the key to that bedroom. But I have kept it in my scrotum to prevent unauthorised persons from accessing it,” Awiti said.
Those who were hearing him say that for the first time could not believe their ears and thought it was slip of the tongue. They went mute, paying keen attention for a correction from the governor in case the obscene pronouncement was a mistake.
But contrary to their expectations, the Governor continued by stressing what he had uttered. He argued that he had kept the key in a safe and secret place which could not be reached by anyone.
“Uwinjo kama akane. Akane, kendo thi kendo thi thi thi (you have understood where I have kept it. It is kept at a very quiet and safe place),” Awiti continued.
He stressed that the funeral was not the first public forum he was making the pronouncement. The Governor further revealed he will only give out the ticket at the right time but under Raila’s instruction.
“Everybody knows I am going home in 2022. But I am going to hand the key to someone who Raila will point out for me,” Awiti said.
The Governor told various leaders aspiring for the county gubernatorial post to continue hunting for votes but they should know that only one of them will be given the ticket.
“Let those who are campaigning for the seat continue but they should know that the ticket is already somewhere and it will be handed to one of them when the right time comes,” he added.
Mourners, including Raila, broke in laughter with some wondering aloud why Awiti chose to make that statement at that forum.
But Raila, who addressed the mourners, steered clear of Awiti’s scrotum politics and told the county politicians to stop gubernatorial campaigns and focus on promoting the BBI referendum.
“Let us not focus on the county politics now because the person who will become the next governor here is a resident of Homa Bay county. It is after the referendum when we will discuss who becomes the governor, Senator and other elective seats in this county,” Raila said.
Political leaders, who are eyeing the county gubernatorial seat, include Woman Rep Gladys Wanga, Deputy Governor Hamilton Orata, County Secretary Isaiah Ogwe, businessman Jared Otieno, former Kasipul MP Oyugi Magwanga, former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero, KUPPET Secretary General Akello Misori, ODM National Chairman John Mbadi and politician Luis Otieno.
Awiti is famed for his gift of the garb, especially in his dholuo mother tongue, comical wisecracks and prowess on the dancefloor despite his massive girth.