Battle not over for Kiambu Senate seat as Thang’wa goes independent

May 2, 2017 12:14 pm
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Thang’wa was part of United for Kiambu team that was overwhelmingly voted in during the Jubilee primaries/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 2 – It will be a two horse race for Kiambu senatorial seat after Karungo Thang’wa was cleared to run as an independent candidate following the closely fought Jubilee Party primaries.

He will contest against incumbent Senator Kimani Wamatangi.

During the Jubilee primaries, the Ngewa Member of County Assembly garnered 178,814 votes against Wamatangi who won with 206,282 votes.

“My Kiambu people, I’m overwhelmed by the support you have given me during the Jubilee nominations and I wholeheartedly thank you for your votes. I thank God for his graces and favour. It’s a big win for the common Wanjiku and clearly demonstrates that you don’t have to be well endowed to win,” Thang’wa said after the outcome.

“I wish to say that, having won in eight out of the 12 Kiambu County constituencies, we are suspicious of both the delay in announcing the senatorial results and the tallying in some constituencies and feel that the announced results may not have reflected the will of the people of Kiambu.”

Thang’wa was part of United for Kiambu team that was overwhelmingly voted in during the Jubilee primaries.

Wamatangi was among a few leaders who survived the public onslaught that saw Governor William Kabogo defeated in the exercise by his political archrival MP Ferdinand Waititu.

Kiambu Woman Representative Anne Nyokabi – a relative of President Uhuru Kenyatta – also lost to Gathoni wa Muchomba by a wide margin.

The list of independent candidates has significantly grown with a majority of politicians who lost at the nomination stage crying foul.

Currently, the Jubilee Party elections tribunal is rushing against time in a bid to resolve over 500 cases that arose from the primaries.

Only 100 cases that have currently been determined.

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