In Summary
  • His last year’s attempt for Migori governor’s position flopped after he lost to the incumbent Mr Okoth Obado.
  • Mr Ayacko ventured into politics in his youth in the mid-90s.
  • He served as a Cabinet minister in president Mwai Kibaki grand coalition government.

Mr George Mbogo Ochilo Ayacko has received a new political lifeline after being in the cold for more than a decade.

His last held a political seat as Rongo MP but was trounced by former Cabinet minister Dalmas Otieno. Mr Ayacko now is back to the comfort of mainstream politics.

His attempt last year to capture the Migori governor’s seat flopped when he lost to the incumbent Mr Okoth Obado.

Mr Ayacko, the third senator of Migori County after Dr Wilfred Machage and Mr Ben Oluoch Okello, was a Migori-based lawyer before he ventured into politics in the mid-90s.

RONGO POLITICS

Born in 1968, the soft-spoken politician served as Rongo MP between 1997 and 2007. He served as a Cabinet minister in president Mwai Kibaki's grand coalition government.

Mr Ayacko served in two dockets: Gender, Sports and Culture, and Ministry of Energy.

The University of Nairobi-educated lawyer has been training his eyes on elective politics to the extent of turning down a recent appointment by President Uhuru Kenyatta as an envoy.

“I want to serve my people in Migori County in an elective position. I, however, thank the President for the honour and respect,” Mr Ayacko said when he rejected the appointment.

During his time in Rongo politics, Mr Ayacko engaged Mr Otieno in epic political battles and managed to floor him despite Mr Otieno being a powerful minister then in the retired President Moi’s administration.

2022 POLITICS

The latest victory is very sweet, both to Mr Ayacko and his supporters.

“His position as a senator will enable him to strengthen his networks ahead of the 2022 General Election when he is expected to vie for the governorship. And since Mr Obado will be retiring then, he will be the remaining favourite for the seat unless he performs dismally in the Senate,” said Mr Philip Okello, a local political analyst.

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