Election numbers show Mandago, Duale will retain Uasin Gishu, Garissa posts

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A file photo of Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago with his suppoters during campaigns in Eldoret. /KENNEDY LESIEW

Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago and Garissa Town MP Aden Duale are leading in races to lead these areas, the latest election numbers show.

Mandago faced stiff competition from Bundotich Kiprop alias Buzeki, their numbers being 175,266 and 126,051 respectively.

The two were in a tight race for more than 180,000 votes from the non-Kalenjin communities in Eldoret.

Buzeki, a Keiyo, is perceived to enjoy wide support from these communities.

In Garissa, Duale’s victory was signaled early, the tally showing he had 11,584 votes. The National Assembly majority leader was followed by Farah Maalim (7,953), Abdi Mohamed (252) and Mohamed Aden (67).

Duale told journalists at a polling station that he is sure he will be declared winner.

“I am very optimistic. I have done my part…I know I will be the MP…it is a good day for Jubilee.”

Maalim, Wper candidate for the Garissa Town MP post, also expressed confidence he will win.

“In my campaigns, I only talk about issues, and areas and sectors that need change,” he said.

Duale dismissed Maalim’s candidacy on several occasions and described him as a village politician who was rejected by his people in Dadaab.

“I want to tell him for free that he has no votes in this constituency. I will send him on early retirement,” he said last month. “Nobody will ever hear about him again.”

The incumbent is from the Abduwak clan while Farah comes from the Aulihan.

The two are the predominant clans in the constituency and how they vote significantly influences the outcome of elections.

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