, NAKURU, Kenya, Apr 28 – Former National Transport and Safety Authority Chairman Lee Kinyanjui has trounced Kinuthia Mbugua in the Nakuru Jubilee gubernatorial race with more than 66,000 votes.
Kinyanjui garnered 216,581 votes against Kinuthia’s 150,137 in what is seen by many as a protest vote against the latter’s administration.
Most residents who voted him out cited undelivered promises and poor development record as their main objection against the former Administration Police Commandant while others blamed his fall on alleged arrogance among his handlers.
Kinuthia got a rude shock when he lost by huge margin in his strongholds of Naivasha, Molo and both Kuresoi North and South.
Kinyanjui who is also the former Nakuru Town MP beat the incumbent in 10 out of 11 constituencies with some such as Naivasha, Gilgil and Kuresoi North giving more than double of what Kinuthia got.
Former NACADA Chairman John Mututho came a distant third with 30,487 in the hotly contested gubernatorial nomination.
In the Senate race, Nakuru County Assembly Speaker Susan Kihika won by a landslide.
Kihika who has been conducting a well oiled campaign all over the county beat political gurus former Information Assistant Minister Koigi Wamwere, former Molo MP Njenga Mungai and lawyer Karanja Kabage Kihika got 270,581 votes followed by Kabage with 49141 votes.
Nominated Senator Liza Chelule managed to get the Woman Representative nomination in a very crowded contest after she floored eight other contestants by garnering 119,924 votes followed by Anne Karigu with 55,111 votes and Agnes Njambi at number three with 39,384 votes.
Meanwhile, Kinuthia has contested the outcome of the Jubilee primary saying it was marred by irregularities.
Addressing a press conference Friday morning, Kinuthia said he would issue a comprehensive statement after filing an appeal with the party arbitration board.