The Matayos Constituency parliamentary race has attracted several aspirants such as the incumbent Hon. Odanga, Mr. Polycarp, Mr Gilbert Colagi and finally, our subject for the the next few minutes, the controversial Madam Catherine Omanyo.
Catherine Omanyo was born 40 years ago of a Teso(Ikarwok) father, the late Mr John Okello Omanyo, a former Barclays Bank manager who hailed from Lupida near Kwangamor and Mrs Jeffreys Omanyo who works in the labor department of Nzoia sugar company and currently resides in Bungoma, though originally, a ‘nakhayo lady’ from Mungatsi.
She has several siblings including Sammy Omanyo, a forensic and bomb expert in America, David Omayo in Quatar, Daniel Omanyo; a teacher, Duncan Owino who is a Chef, Patrick Omanyo, an Administration Police officer, businessman and business lady Dominic Omanyo and Rose Omanyo respectively, Christine Omanyo, a clinical officer, Audrey and Nambale in the U.K and Quatar respectively.
Catherine successfully completed her primary education at Nzoia Primary school, joined Mukumu Girls and made it to the University of Nairobi for her undergraduate degree in Education. After, completing her education, Catherine has worked industriously to uplift lives of the extremely poor in Kawang’are slums of Nairobi County. Through her work and professional development, Catherine has been able to initiate businesses in Nairobi as well as start the Imprezza schools that have been associated with her political emotions recently.
Catherine alias ‘kipepeo’ was married to Dr. P Wanjala from Bungoma who, according to unconfirmed information happens to be the father of her twin daughters, they later on separated and Catherine got married to her second and American husband, Mr J. Kay who died under unclear circumstances in his house in one of the Nairobi City’s suburbs. Currently, ‘Kipepeo’ is married to a black American, Mr G. Kingsford.
Catherine Omanyo has been in the political sphere for 20 years, unsuccessfully vying for various posts in Busia County. She first ventured into politics in 1997 as a councilor for Bukhayo North ward , in the year 2002. She again unsuccessfully contested for the Nambale Constituency Parliamentary seat which she lost to the former Finance minister in Moi’ regime, Chrisantus Okemo. 15 years on and Catherine seems not to have given up her political dream, this time round in Matayos constituency as she tries to unseat the incumbent law maker’ Hon
15 years on and Catherine seems not to have given up her political dream, this time round in Matayos constituency as she tries to unseat the incumbent law maker’ Hon Odanga.
Well, despite the most popular clanism voting pattern of a good percentage of the Matayos residents, Catherine has dared take the bite of attempting to lead them despite not being of or being married to a khayo come 8th August this year on an Amani National Congress ticket which is headed by Hon. Musalia Mudavadi, and as they say in Luhyia, ‘bindu bichechanga’!
We wish her all the best in her dreams. The choice lies with the Matayos voters.
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