Over 20 incumbents lose as voters show them who’s boss

April 26, 2017 (5 weeks ago) 6:26 pm
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Among those who have lost in the ruling party Jubilee include MPs Njoroge Baiya, John Kiragu, Kigo Njenga, and Esther Gathogo/CFM NEWS

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr26 – More than 20 sitting politicians have lost in the ongoing Jubilee and ODM nominations as voters sought to stamp their authority as the ultimate decision makers on the leadership they want.

Among those who have lost in the ruling Jubilee Party include MPs Njoroge Baiya, John Kiragu, Kigo Njenga, and Esther Gathogo.

The Kiambu County Woman Representative Anne Nyokabi has also lost to Gathoni wa Muchomba, a top vernacular radio journalist. Gathoni garnered a massive 374,306 votes.

In the Orange Democratic Movement, three top figures closely associated with CORD leader Raila Odinga have lost in Nyanza as voters seek to have fresh leaders.

They include Odinga’s brother Oburu Odinga who was seeking to recapture the Bondo parliamentary seat, which he lost to incumbent MP Gideon Ochanda.

Gem Member of Parliament Jakoyo Midiwo also lost to his rival Elisha Odhiambo who garnered 13,400 votes ahead of Midiwo’s 8,950.

The Deputy Minority Leader has accused unnamed party officials of plotting to rig him out.

“Sometimes you wonder, if you are Jakoyo Midiwo in ODM, if there is another party different from what you know. I read self-destruction,” he said.

In Siaya, Nicholas Gumbo has vowed to contest the results after losing to incumbent Governor Cornel Rasanga.

“I will be on the ballot in August,” the current Rarieda MP said.

Taita Taveta Governor John Mruttu also lost the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party primary to National Assembly Minority Whip Thomas Mwadeghu (Wundanyi MP).

Baringo County Governor Benjamin Cheboi was defeated in the ongoing party primaries by Stanley Kiptis.

Also shown the door by Jubilee supporters are Baringo Central MP Sammy Mwaita and his Mogotio constituency counterpart Helen Sambili.

Kiambu Governor William Kabogo is also coming to terms with his massive loss to Kabete Member of Parliament Ferdinand Waititu.

By Wednesday evening, without Juja Constituency, Kabogo had a meagre 69,916 votes against 353,604 by Waititu.

Though he said the exercise was marred by some ‘malpractices’, Governor Kabogo conceded defeat on Tuesday night a few moments after vote counting started.

He said the people of Kiambu had spoken, and wished Waititu and his team well.

“I wish Waititu well and to the people of Kiambu, it was worth it,” Kabogo said.

The two arch-rivals have been previously engaged in a bitter legal battle, with counter-accusations of their academic credentials.

Many more incumbents are expected to be shown the exit ahead of the August polls.

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