The result is a clear indication of the influence and power of the Nyachae family who surprised everybody by suddenly getting very involved in this by-election. A section of the press speculated that some family members may have been using the election to test the waters for future political moves in the area. Retired Simeon Nyachae is the founder of the Ford People party.
However analysts on the ground say that this is a move by Simeon Nyachae to strengthen Ford People with the intention of using the party's strength amongst the Kisii community as a bargaining chip with the JUBILEE government. This is the direction Kenyan politics has persistently stuck to which promotes tribalism but secures political power for leaders who can Marshall their tribes to vote as a block.
Nationally the results are a blow to the CORD coalition which has now lost one precious seat in a parliament where they are already the minority.
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