By SIMON NDONGA, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 9 – Kiambu Governor William Kabogo has conceded defeat in the gubernatorial race against his competitor Ferdinand Waititu, saying it was a battle well fought.
Speaking during a press conference on Wednesday, Kabogo stated that he will now focus on his personal projects and development.
He expressed optimism that Waititu will continue with the tasks he had initiated as governor.
“I am done with being a hovernor for now. So really it is time to move on. My life has not stopped. It is still the same. That was the second part of my life. The original part is moving on well,” he stated.
“We will offer our support to Waititu if need be but I am sure he will be up to the task. The next few months and years will tell whether the people of Kiambu chose wisely,” Kabogo said.
In Meru, Governor Peter Munya vowed to move to court over his defeat in the gubernatorial race against Kiraitu Murungi.
Munya alleged intimidation of his chief agent which led to the manipulation of the results.
“We are analysing them, we have not concluded the analysis. We are already doing a detailed analysis so as to be able to take the challenge to court and even in the public podium,” he stated.
“We wanted the people of Meru to know that the results which are going to be announced are manipulated results that does not reflect how the people of Meru voted.” He pointed out.
He stated that the intimidation created an atmosphere that was not conducive to his agents and supporters.
“A climate of fear and intimidaton was created. Even our chief agent in Imenti South was kidnapped, tourtered and the money that he was to use to pay our agents stolen from him,” he said.
He stressed that he would not accept the final results which he claimed were doctored in favour of his rival.
“After being tortured he was taken to a police station and kept there the whole day. In fact he was being given cash bail much later in the evening,” he said.
“And then our other coordinator when he was going to continue to check our votes was kidnapped by people he knows.”
Machakos County Wiper Gubernatorial candidate Wavinya Ndeti also rejected the provisional results that put her rival Alfred Mutua in the lead.
According to the provisional results released by the electoral body, Wavinya trails with 199,240 votes against Mutua who has 238,271.
Among the issues she raised for rejecting the results include allegations that some polling stations were not properly tallying the results.
“We are not accepting the results because we know what happened on the ground. We know the number of registered voters in a polling stations,” she stated.