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Rejected during party nominations: Independents prove a point to political parties

August 10, 2017 5:42 AM
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Rejected during party nominations: Independents prove a point to political parties

A number of independent candidates are poised to win against their party primaries rivals.

President Mwai Kibaki's nephew, Ndiritu Murithi, became the first independent governor in Laikipia County.

The former assistant minister had garnerd 98,843 votes beating the man he felt robbed him of the Jubilee Party (JP) ticket for the Laikipia governor's seat, Joshua Wakahora Irungu.

In Isiolo, former Cabinet minister and area Senator Mohamed Abdi Kuti was also victorious. Kuti had won 20,071 votes against the incumbent, Governor Godana Doyo.

Independent parliamentary candidates also performed well, with preliminary results indicating that there will be at least 10 independent MPs in the next National Assembly.

These include Patrick Wainaina otherwise known as 'wa Juggle', who beat off a strong challenge from incumbent Alice Wambui Ng'ang'a, whom he claimed stole his Jubilee nomination win in Thika town. Wainaina managed 56,476 votes against first term MP Ng'ang'a's 50,910.

Also pulling a similar feat was MP Kathuri Murungi 'Ka Mashinani', who had 30,195 votes for Imenti South constituency against Jubilee's Shadrack Mwiti Ithinji with 24,146 votes.

In the neighbouring Central Imenti, another independent candidate, Mwenda Makathimo, won the MP seat.

In Igembe South, a 23-year university student, John Paul Mwirigi defied the odds and carried the day.

In Kibwezi West, independent candidate Patrick Mweu Musimba was victorious against Wiper Democratic Movement's James Kimanthi Mbaluka.


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