, KAJIADO, Kenya, Mar 16 – The Orange Democratic Movement has retained the Kajiado Central parliamentary, after its candidate Memusi Kanchory emerged victorious in a neck and neck by-election.
Memusi who celebrated his birthday Monday, won with 16,008 votes against JAP’s Patrick ole Tutui at 15,508 votes, while Kuntai Nkashuma who ran as an independent came in a distance third with 100 votes.
Memusi is the MP-elect for the seat that fell vacant following Joseph Nkaissery’s appointment to the Cabinet.
Memusi and Tutui exchanged the lead at various points as the tallying continued, before the ODM candidate finally took the lead with eight polling centres to go.
ODM leader Raila Odinga had urged voters to give the party back the seat, which was held by Nkaissery who was appointed to the Interior and Coordination of National Government docket.
ODM also had the last laugh, after Memusi rejoined the Orange party after losing the Jubilee Alliance Party nomination which he claimed was marred by irregularities.