The next Busia senator is rights activist Okiya Omtatah, also known as “the people’s defender.”
Omtatah, who was running under the prestigious National Reconstruction Alliance (NRA), won the election for senator in Busia with 171,681 votes to Hillary Itela of the ODM’s 59,276 votes.
The newly elected senator expressed gratitude to his backers for standing with him and said he was eager to get started.
“I’m grateful, Busia. Your unwavering support and overwhelming display of confidence have made me incredibly humble.
“I’m ready and eager to work for you, even though we have a lot of work ahead of us. He expressed gratitude for the enormous award on his social media.
Omtatah, who doesn’t practice law, has established himself as one of the nation’s public defenders.
Throughout his career as an activist, he has brought forth some of the notable public interest lawsuits that have influenced the nation’s political and economic landscape.
In some of the incidents, he interacted with members of law enforcement and even the government, which resulted in his imprisonment.
One of his most significant successes came when he prevailed in an eight-year legal battle to reclaim more than 800 acres of public land in Busia County.
Paul Otuoma of the ODM was proclaimed the victor in the county’s gubernatorial election.
After receiving 164,478 votes, Otuoma won the seat. John Sakwa, a candidate for the Amani National Congress (ANC), received 92,144 votes, placing him in second place.