The Wiper party, a key constituent of the National Super Alliance (NASA) and led by Ukambani bigwig Kalonzo Musyoka, was dealt a major blow in Machakos County after losing the governor’s seat to Maendeleo Chap Chap Party of Governor Alfred Mutua.
As results continue to stream via the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), it is clear Wiper will not have total sweep of the seats apart from the presidential one where the Opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga garnered over 80 per cent of the vote.
The party’s candidate for governorship of Machakos, which is a key county in Ukambani, Wavinya Ndeti, was backed by top Nasa leadership but failed to topple the incumbent Governor. Alfred Mutua contested on a Maendeleo Chap Chap party ticket which backed Uhuru Kenyatta’s reelection.
By the time of going to press (Friday, August 11, 11:07am) Mutua was leading with 245,117 votes. Ndeti who once represented Kathiani residents in Parliament, had 205,608. She however says she will contest the results.
Another bitter pill that Kalonzo will have to swallow is that of Machakos Town constituency which was taken by Jubilee’s Victor Munyaka with 43,970 votes against Wiper’s Ulbanus Mutisya who garnered 22,235 votes.
In Kangundo constituency, Muungano Party candidate, Fabian Muli trounced Wiper’s Kyengo Maweu who is the incumbent. Maweu was a distant third behind Jubilee’s Rose Wambua who came in second.
The situation was the same in Mwala where the Maendeleo Chap Chap candidate Vincent Musyoka managed to floor his strongest competition, Wiper’s Daniel Muoki and a former area MP. Musyoka managed 35,724 votes while the latter had 14,575.
In the neighbouring Yatta, ex MP Charles Kilonzo who vied as an independent got a new lease of life with 17,878 votes managing to beat his strongest opponent and incumbent Francis Mwangangi of Wiper.
Seats that Wiper managed to pocket are Matungulu (Stephen Mule), Kathiani (Robert Mbui), Masinga (Joshua Mwalyo) and Mavoko (Patrick Makau).
Wiper’s Joyce Kamene scooped the woman representative.
The new Senator will be lawyer Boniface Kabaka of who vied on a Chama Cha Uzalendo ticket after convincing 158,777 voters.