Blow to Kalonzo after Wiper party fails to win most seats in Ukambani
The Wiper party once again suffered a blow after it failed to deliver most of the elective seats.
The party, led by NASA co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka, lost four seats and managed to hold on to only five positions.
Results released by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) indicate Wiper failed to stamp its authority in the region that is widely considered to be its stronghold.
The party’s candidate and former Kathiani MP Wavinya Ndeti, who enjoyed the support of top NASA leadership, failed to wrest the governorship from the incumbent, Alfred Mutua, who contested on a Maendeleo Chap Chap party ticket.
By yesterday evening, Mr Mutua was leading with 243,841 votes against Ms Ndeti’s 204,419.
In Machakos Town constituency, Jubilee’s Victor Munyaka emerged victorious with 43,970 against Wiper’s Ulbanus Mutisya, who garnered 22,235 votes.
The Muungano Party candidate for the Kangundo parliamentary seat, Fabian Muli, defeated the incumbent, Kyengo Maweu of Wiper, who came a distant third after Jubilee’s Rose Wambua who polled second.
Muli managed 15,354 votes.
In Mwala, the incumbent, Vincent Musyoka, retained his seat after contesting on a Maendeleo Chap Chap party ticket to beat his strongest opponent, Wiper’s Daniel Muoki, who is a former area MP.
Mr Musyoka garnered 35,724 votes while Mr Muoki got 14,575.
In Yatta, former MP Charles Kilonzo, who contested as an independent candidate, bounced back with 17,878 votes after beating his opponents, including the incumbent, Francis Mwangangi.
However, Wiper secured seats in Matungulu (Stephen Mule), Kathiani (Robert Mbui), Masinga (Joshua Mwalyo) and Mavoko (Patrick Makau).
Joyce Kamene also secured the woman representative seat on a Wiper ticket.
In the senatorial race, lawyer Boniface Kabaka of Chama Cha Uzalendo emerged victorious after garnering 158,777 votes.