Orange Democratic Movement (ODM)’s Msambweni parliamentary by-election loser Omar Boga has landed a government job, just months after the poll.
In a Kenya Gazette notice dated Friday 26th February, 2021, Water Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki appointed Boga as the chairperson of the Coast Water Works Development Agency (CWWDA). Boga will serve in the position for three years.
“In exercise of the powers conferred by Section 66 (1) of the Water Act, the Cabinet Secretary for Water and Sanitation appoints Omar Boga to be chairman of the Coast Water Works Development Agency for a period of three years with effect from the 26th February 2021,” read the gazette notice.
Last December, Boga who received full support from ODM party leader Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta was defeated by independent candidate Feisal Badar.
In a hotly contested by-election, Badar, who was supported by Deputy President William Ruto won the seat with 15,251 votes. Ruto backed Bader after the ruling Jubilee Party declined to field a candidate.
Boga came second with 10, 444 votes, while Wiper Party candidate Sheik Mahmoud Abdurahman was a distant third, with 790 votes.
Other candidates were former MP Marere Wa Mwachai Mwarapayo (NVP), who got 300 votes, Hamisi Mwakaonje Liganje (UGM) – 230, Charles Bambo Bilali (Independent)- 135, Ali Hassan Mwakulonda (PED) – 107, Mansury Kumaka Abdulrahman (Independent) – 38, and Sharlet Akinyi Onyango (Independent) – 18.
The Msambeni seat fell vacant following the death of ODM lawmaker Suleiman Dori. He succumbed to cancer in March last year.