Political Giants Floored in Kenyan elections

Kenya National Congress presidential candidate Peter Kenneth yesterday became the first presidential candidate to concede defeat after Monday’s election which saw many political giants trounced by relative newcomers.

Cabinet ministers Charity Ngilu, Amos Kimunya, Henry Kosgey, Sam Ongeri, Sally Kosgei, Chirau Ali Mwakwere, Samuel Poghisio and Prof Margaret Kamar are among those who lost the race for the senator, governor or failed to defend their parliamentary seats.

Other big names and former MPs edged out included Najib Balala, Gitobu Imanyara, Magerer Langat, Harun Mwau, Ayiecho Olweny, Fred Kapondi and Joshua Kuttuny.

Also joining them are Danson Mungatana, Bifwoli Wakoli, John Mututho, Kanu secretary general Nick Salat and former powerful Cabinet minister in the Moi government, Nicholas Biwott.

In Othaya, President Kibaki’s preferred candidate Mugambi Gichuki of Mzalendo Saba Saba was humbled by businesswoman Mary Wambui of TNA and little known GNU candidate Peter King’ara. Mugambi came third with 10,972 votes against King’ara’s 14, 218 votes.

Wambui was leading with 16,285 votes. Defence assistant minister David Musila of Wiper Democratic Party trounced Water minister and Narc party leader Charity Ngilu to become the senator-elect of Kitui.

According to the provisional figures released by the IEBC last evening, Ngilu was trailing Musila with 38,070 votes against 46,541 — nearly a 10,000 vote-difference.

Ngilu has been in Parliament as MP for Kitui Central since 1992 and was appointed into the Cabinet in 2003 when Narc took over power. Ngilu teamed up with Balala, Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto to form the Jubilee alliance.

In Nandi County, ODM chairman and Industrialisation minister Henry Kosgey lost the senator seat to youthful lawyer Stephen Sang of URP. Kosgey has already conceded defeat to Sang.

Kosgey, 66, has been in active politics serving as both an MP and Cabinet minister for close to 30 years. Kosgey is however expected to take a seat in Parliament as he is among those singled out for nomination by ODM in the party lists submitted to the IEBC several weeks ago.

Kosgey was first elected as MP for Tinderet in 1979 during President Moi’s government and has successfully defended the seat in all the subsequent elections held since then.

Also earmarked for nomination is Agriculture minister Dr Sally Kosgey who was trailing URP’s Cornelly Serem. Provisional results showed Kosgey with 3,649 votes against Serem’s 4,395.

Kosgey was first elected as MP in 2007 elections and previously served as Head of Public Service during former President Moi’s government. In Kipipiri constituency, Transport minister and TNA’s Amos Kimunya was set to lose to newcomer Samuel Gichigi of APK.

Gichigi had polled 18, 958 votes against Kimunya’s 16, 693 votes. In Uasin Gishu, Higher Education minister Margaret Kamar who was hoping to become the governor on an ODM ticket was trailing former Teachers Service Commission official Jackson Mandago of URP.

Provisional results showed Kamar with 968 votes while Mandago had 3,353 votes. In Kwale, Environment minister Chirau Ali Mwakwere of URP was behind Boy Juma Boy of ODM in the race for senator.

In West Pokot county, Information minister Samuel Poghisio who was in the race for senator on the URP ticket was trailing Kanu’s candidate former Industrialisation PS John Lonyangapuo.

Provisional results showed Lonyangapuo with a huge margin as he had 10,891 votes against Poghisio’s 2,215. The race for Mombasa senator saw Balala, who was running on his Republican Congress Party ticket, trailing far behind a former commissioner with the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights Hassan Omar of Wiper.

Balala, 46, was previously the Mombasa mayor before he made his national political debut during the 2002 elections. Gitobu Imanyara early yesterday morning conceded defeat in the Meru senator race.

He lost to Energy minister Kiraitu Murungi of Alliance Party of Kenya who received 10,922 against Imanyara’s 1,251 votes. Imanyara said he is considering retiring from politics.

In Naivasha, former area MP John Mututho was defeated by newcomer and land economist John Kihagi of TNA. Mututho, who was vying on a Narc ticket emerged a distant third.

He defected to Narc after losing out during the TNA nomination. Provisional IEBC results put Kihagi at 12,037, followed by PPK candidate Ndegwa Nguthiru at 5,336 and Mututho at 1,006 votes.

In Kitui County, former Mutito MP Kiema Kilonzo (Narc) was defeated by Wiper’s Julius Makau in the race for governor. Kiema managed 26,560 votes against 52,193 votes garnered by Makau.

In Makueni county, former Kilome MP Harun Mwau was defeated by Education minister Mutula Kilonzo in the Makueni senator race. Mwau has previously contested the presidency and lost before being elected to Parliament where he served for two terms.


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