, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 26 – Kitui Governor Julius Malombe will defend his seat on a Wiper Party ticket after he beat his fierce challenger David Musila, the current Kitui Senator.
Following conclusion of the nomination exercise, Malombe was declared winner on Tuesday after garnering 88,382 votes while Musila secured 74,308 votes.
Barring a successful petition against him, Malombe looks set to have booked an August 8 date with former Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu, who has expressed interest to unseat him.
Ngilu is running on her party, the National Rainbow Coalition.
She has pledged to ensure provision of water for irrigation and domestic use in all parts of the county, and introduce mechanised agriculture to end recurrent famine.
She says women will be economically empowered and poverty will end.
The former Cabinet Secretary says her election will engender transformative leadership, poverty eradication and improvement of the general welfare of the residents.
However, Governor Malombe has dismissed Ngilu as one who would not be accepted by Kitui people, having been sacked from Cabinet by President Uhuru Kenyatta over corruption allegations.
Since she was relieved of her duties as Lands CS in March 2015, Ngilu has been on the campaign trail. She has held strategic meetings across the county to convince the residents to elect her governor.
Former Associate Editor at the Standard Newspaper Enoch Wambua has been declared Senatorial race flag-bearer while Irene Kasalu will represent the party as County Woman Representative.