BUSIA - The ousted district chairperson Ouma Adea has started campaigning for the joint opposition candidate Deo Hasubi Njoki.
Adea was in May kicked out office by the court of Appeal on grounds that he was ineligible to contest in the district elections having been convicted over abuse of office by the anti-corruption Court in 2014.
Addressing residents of Sirakusi trading centre, in Bulumbi sub county, Adea said he was fully supporting Njoki and urged residents not to vote for Boniface Paul Oguttu, the NRM candidate.
Njoki and Sowedi Oundo who lost to Adea in the 2016 polls, petitioned the High court in Mbala challenging Adea's victory.
Justice Andrew Bashaija agreed with them and removed him out of office and ordered for by election.
Adea was elected as an NRM-leaning independent.
Adea accused the district NRM chairperson Erick Masiga and Julius Maganda, the state minister for East African community affairs of imposing Oguttu on the people of Busia.
Adea who still commands a lot of support because of his pragmatic style of dealing with district leader and security forces that harass residents, received thunderous applause and ululations as he addressed the gathering.
He appealed to the electorate to vote for experienced Njoki noting the district cannot be run by inexperienced Oguttu who has already made several mistakes during his two years reign as acting chairperson.