In Summary
  • Governor Cyprian Awiti made the announcement when he returned to work on Wednesday, saying he could see and no longer needed the help of his aides.
  • Mr Awiti started losing his sight late in 2018 so he suspended some county activities to seek treatment in several hospitals abroad, in countries including Germany.
  • He issued instructions to county officials and said he is ready to serve at full capacity.

Homa Bay Governor Cyprian Awiti says he has regained his eyesight after several months of temporary blindness. 

Mr Awiti made the announcement on Wednesday, saying he could see and no longer needed the help of his aides.

"I lost my sight but God has given it back to me. I thank everyone who prayed for me," he said after returning to work following weeks of treatment of an eye condition.

Mr Awiti started losing his sight late in 2018 so he suspended some county activities to seek treatment in several hospitals abroad, in countries including Germany.

The county chief said at the time that he had had a cornea transplant.

CRITICS

Governor Awiti was last in his office on August 29, when he witnessed the swearing-in of county municipal board members. Prior to this, he had been away for two months.

With Mr Awiti on medical leave, Deputy Governor Hamilton Orata and County Secretary Isaiah Ogwe took over.

Some local leaders, however, questioned the county chief's ability to run Homa Bay while others claimed Mr Orata and Mr Owiti could mislead him. Some defended him.

Upon his return to work, Governor Awiti told his supporters that his health had improved and that he would serve in full capacity. He said his doctor told him he was well enough to serve with vigour.

NO ATTACKS

Mr Awiti said in his speech that he would not issue statements that would antagonise any group.

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