Kenya’s first women governors: Ngilu, Laboso, Waiguru flying high after vote


From left: Anne Waiguru (Jubilee, Kirinyaga),

Former Lands CS Charity Ngilu may return to glory as Kitui governor, going by votes counted so far after Kenyans voted on Tuesday.

Ngilu was one of several Cabinet Secretaries who were fired over corruption. Her case had to do with the 134-acre Karen land saga.

Ngilu is leading with 139,372 votes (47.96 per cent) in results for 1,196 of the 1,454 polling stations. Senator David Musila is following with 91,763 votes (31.58 per cent) while incumbent Julius Malombe is fourth with 59,437 votes (20.46 per cent).

These were the figures at 9.25 am on Wednesday.

Another female candidate, National Assembly deputy speaker Joyce Laboso is leading in Bomet with170,774 votes which translates to 67.37 per cent.

Laboso is ahead of incumbent Isaac Rutto, who recently became the fifth NASA principal, with 170,981 votes (67.34 per cent) against his 82,943 (32.66 per cent).

On Tuesday, Rutto said he will only accept the outcome if it reflects the will of the people. He addressed the media shortly after voting at Chebaraa Primary School, Chepalungu constituency.

The Governor said he has confidence in the electoral body as it had handled the process in the region “fairly”.

Laboso also said she was happy with the way the election was conducted.

In Kirinyaga, Anne Waiguru is likely to win the governor post and take over from Joseph Ndathi.

Waiguru, who once served as Devolution Cabinet Secretary, had 136 378 votes, by 9.00 am on Wednesday, against Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua’s 103,031 votes.

Bedan Kagai had 8 535 votes while the Governor trailed at 3,895 votes.

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