It’s Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jr for Makueni

Mutula Junior being congratulated by Wiper Chairman David Musila/MIKE KARIUKI

Mutula Junior being congratulated by Wiper Chairman David Musila/MIKE KARIUKI

MAKUENI, Kenya, Jul 26 – The name ‘Junior’ dominated the majority of polling stations as vote counting took place, and so it came as no surprise when Mutula Kilonzo Junior won the Makueni Senate seat by a landslide.

Mutula Jr clinched the seat with a vote count of 163,229(91pc) from 914 polling stations out of 914, leaving the second runner up, Philip Kaloki, behind with a vote tally of 9,762 (5pc).

“This is not a landslide. This is a continental shift. Landslide cannot define this victory,“ Mutula Jr said. Our work is now to synergise and my interest is leadership and we will work towards that. We are ready to deliver service to the Makueni people.”

Harun Mwau of PICK party came in third with 6,431(4pc) votes. Independent candidate Urbanus Katumo and LPK’s Jane Kitundu got 517 (0pc) and 387 (0pc) votes respectively.

Mutula Jr edged close to his late father’s winning margin of 193,539 votes in the March 4 General Election, despite a 20 percent drop in the voter turnout.

The Wiper Democratic Movement and the wider Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) fraternity celebrated the win with Wiper Chairman David Musila terming it “inevitable.”

“When they managed to lock Kethi out they thought they had got the better of us. But they only succeeded in bringing Makueni residents even more firmly on our side,” he said.

And while the by-election was generally hailed as a success, Mutula Jr’s win did not sit well with a number of the four candidates he contested against.

“I will not go as far as petitioning his win but I will say it is unfair and against the law that he was nominated just six days to the by-election while the rest of us were required to adhere to the 21 day requirement,” Kitundu told Capital FM News.

The jubilation may last for the night but a shadow of continued courtroom wrangles hangs over Mutula Jr’s success with Mwau threatening to petition his win on account of the prominence the affixation of his details on the ballot paper gave him.

Former politician Agnes Ndetei has already filed a Notice of Appeal with the High Court on the grounds that Wiper should not have been allowed to nominate another candidate following the lock out of Kethi Kilonzo.


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OLIVE BURROWS

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Olive Burrows has been writing features for the last five years having studied communication at Daystar University. She hopes to make a difference through human interest features and is passionate about the environment. She hopes to grow her experience doing radio and video features at Capital FM and to contribute to the brand’s tradition of trend setting.

  • Greenmarshmarrows

    Thats not news. or is it? Am sure CORD will praize IEBC. Hypos

  • Bird’s eye

    Since CORD has won, IEBC is credible, transparent, competent, reliable, trustworthy and there was no rigging…live long IEBC

    • NEO_KENYAN

      Not really, it should be disbanded.

    • marloow

      not sure how you arrived at that conclusion…but this Cordian still holds that IEBC is corrupt and carried/carrys water for Jubilee…a fact that has been proven time and time again since the 2013 debacle…the refusal to take an oath before testifying…ommission of Kilonzo’s name from the ballot…etc..

  • Duncan Muchina

    Good for Makueni people to elect their leader. Kilonzo it is then.

  • Liverpool Diaspora

    From Kisii rejection to Makueni thrashing, these are just some of the challenges lying ahead. I hope Raila will not be blamed for their Makueni loss – “Raila imported goons from luo Nyanza to Kisii” Raila imported voters from Nyanza to Makueni” “Raila bla bla bla…….gosh!

    • Duncan Muchina

      On the contrary, Kenya hopes that with this gigantic and “important win,” Raila will be appeased somehow. Maybe he will stop running for the hills……leaving young babies to fend for themselves……

      • marloow

        dude…your post does not even make sense…

        • Duncan Muchina

          Meant to….deliberately…to minnows.

          • marloow

            huh? “minnows”…”appeased”…”stop running for the hills….” blah…blah…blah…
            what are you trying to say…may you should try Swahili or a language you are more comfortable with….

          • Duncan Muchina

            Gracias Senor!

          • marloow

            por nada….

          • Duncan Muchina

            nada?..my post has hidden meaning and if you can’t get it, take a walk in the park or wherever it is you feel comfortable. I have no control over that….wish I had though…I would sue for the chums we paid for your scholarly aptitude. I’m serious!

          • marloow

            the whole raison d’etre behind the comment section is for people to exchange ideas and learn/grow from the marketplace of ideas…ideas that are neither coded nor shrouded in “hidden meaning”…but i am sure you already knew that..
            as for the walk in the park…i just came back from a run so i am good…good idea tho’…
            as for suing for “chums ‘we’ paid for my scholarly aptitude”…not sure who “we” are…
            as for my aptitude…not sure how much you know about my “scholarly aptitude..”
            be that as it may….all the best…

          • Duncan Muchina

            While your reasons seem valid and mature, glancing through many a comment, you get only one thing; bitterness and braggadocio. Either one tilts to either at any single moment and you are no exception either. Some of your posts are quite informative but some are way below your set standards.

  • Elesban

    IEBC is a sober institution…..right?

    • Biafra

      Wrong. CORD sealed all the rigging loopholes and the Makueni voters remained vigilant thru’ out the proceess to ensure their votes are intact!

  • nyakenda

    A continental shift indeed, thanks to the Makueni electorate and CORD for sealing all the rigging loopholes

  • Jonte, Washington DC

    it’s great he’ll be carrying over from what his dad envisioned for the makueni county..God bless our leaders to make the right decision while in office.