Richard Onyonka: NASA punishes Jubilee in Kitutu Chache South election

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Richard Onyonka
Kitutu Chache MP Richard Onyonka. PHOTO: THE STAR

Richard Onyonka has been re-elected Member of Parliament for Kitutu Chache in the Tuesday, November 7 election.

The Ford Kenya candidate who ditched ODM in the run up to the postponed August 8 poll citing irregularities, won the by-election with 10,122 votes (45.86 per cent) .

Richard Onyonka receives his certificate from Returning Officer Hilda Imbo after winning MP seat for Kitutu Chache South. PHOTO: RUTH MBULA/NATION MEDIA GROUP

Mr Onyonka will serve the constituency for a consecutive third term after he was declared the victor at 4am by the constituency’s Returning Officer Hilda Imbo.

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Coming second was Jubilee’s Antony Kibagendi with 5,074 votes (22.99 per cent) while Omwando Samwel Kenani came in third with 4,324 votes (19.59 per cent).

Maubi Andrew Mokaya received 2,191 votes (9.93per cent), Nyarango Henry Morara garnered 201 votes (0.91per cent), Onkangi James Kegoro got 100 votes (0.45per cent) while Mochoge Justus Onsongo 60 votes ( 0.27per cent)

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The constituency has 59,017 registered voters and voter turnout was registered at 37.40per cent. Valid votes were 22,072 while rejected ballots were 168.

Parliamentary election in Kitutu Chache South constituency was postponed following the passing of Jubilee candidate, Leonard Mwamba, who died in a road accident just two weeks to the August 8 polls.

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Onyonka, 55, first won the seat in 2007 on a PDP ticket and was reelected in 2013 on an ODM ticket with 17,274 votes while his closest challenger -Don Bosco Gichana- managed 8,203 votes.

He inherited politics from his late father Zachary Onyonka who ruled the constituency from 1962 until his death in 1996.