NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 16 -The National Alliance (TNA) successfully beat the deadline for nomination of candidates for three by elections in Ndhiwa, Kajiado North and Kangema constituencies in a process it termed as ‘trend setting in party primaries.’
Moses ole Sakuda emerged victorious in Kajiado North with 16,130 votes as Tirus Ngahu emerged top in Kangema with 4,820 votes while Rosemary Otieno won in Ndhiwa with 658 votes.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) had set August 15 as the as the deadline for political parties to nominate their candidates.
Ngahu who was last week endorsed by the family of the late Environment Minister John Michuki emerged victorious beating seven other contestants for the TNA ticket. Duncan Mwangi was second with 3,283 votes while Muturi Kigano emerged third with 2,332 votes.
In his address after receiving the nomination certificate at the TNA offices, Ngahu thanked the people of Kangema for voting in a peaceful manner. He expressed confidence that the party will grow in Kangema and that he will get the support of the losers.
“This party is deep rooted. We will continue to recruit as we have been doing while campaigning. This party belongs to all; both the old and the young at heart. We have shown the nation that we can have peaceful nominations, I confess because I have been through it,” he said before heading to Kangema to give an acceptance speech.
Sakuda who lost the election in 2007 on an ODM ticket to George Saitoti romped to an easy victory in the nomination after one of his competitors (Joseph Manje) bowed out of the race. His only serious challenger Francis Gitau Parisimei got 1,677 votes.
Sakuda who was accompanied by Manje and a several civic leaders to pick his nomination certificate expressed confidence that he will emerge victorious in the September 17 by-election.
“We are a cosmopolitan constituency but we have seen one of the most peaceful nominations. I intend to work with all my competitors but we want to assure the party that we will deliver the first TNA seat,” he said though admitting that hard work would commence immediately.
In Ndhiwa, Otieno beat two male contestants to emerge the winner in the party nominations garnering 658 votes.
The returning officer Hesbon Omollo announced Mourice Okoth in second place with 206 votes while Meshack Oswago came last with a paltry 75 votes.
Omollo who announced the results at Ndhiwa centre termed the exercise as peaceful even though there was poor turnout with only 939 voters turning up for the exercise.
Otieno will now square it out with Augustino Neto of ODM and Tom Onyango Alila of KANU who was handed a certificate on Wednesday.
TNA results from the nomination were transmitted directly from the constituency and ward tallying centres to the national headquarters in yet another show of embracing technology.
Party chairman Johnson Sakaja said that the party will continue to be the pace setter in the transformation of parties and entrenchment of democracy.
Secretary General Onyango Oloo who also stayed at the headquarters until after the results were announced insisted that TNA was the party to watch in the by-elections and also the general elections.