Women trounce big names in polls to become county bosses


Women trounce big names in polls to become county bosses
Waiguru, Ngilu, and Laboso

Women are among the biggest beneficiaries in the Tuesday’s election after three of them clinched the coveted gubernatorial seats, flooring some of the biggest names in Kenyan politics.

The National Assembly Deputy Speaker, Joyce Cherono Laboso, defeated the outspoken Bomet Governor, Isaac Ruto, who ditched the ruling Jubilee Party for his Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM), an affiliate member of the Opposition National Super Alliance (NASA).

Laboso, who joined the contest after Governor Ruto fell out with Deputy President William Ruto, upset the incumbent with an assailable margin.

Ms Laboso garnered 175,932 votes while his challenger, Isaac Ruto came a distant second with 85,863 votes as at 4:30 pm with 99.45% of the total votes having been transmitted.

In Kirinyaga County, former Devolution and Planning Cabinet Secretary, Anne Waiguru, who was contesting on a Jubilee Party ticket, beat Narc Kenya’s Martha Karua to unseat the incumbent, Joseph Ndathi, who came in fourth.

Ms Waiguru garnered 157,608 votes, a 54.18% representation of the total votes cast, while Karua garnered 118,420 votes, a 40.71% representation of the votes cast.

Mr Ndathi, who lost in the Jubilee primaries and contested as an independent candidate, garnered 4,582 votes, a representation of 1.58% of the total votes cast.

Former Lands Cabinet Secretary, Charity Kaluki Ngilu, who was suspended from Cabinet over graft allegations, trounced two seasoned politicians to capture the Kitui County gubernatorial seat.

As at 5:00 pm and with 94.57% of the votes having been tallied, Ngilu – of Narc – had garnered 161,956 votes, a 47,55% representation of the votes tallied while David Musila, an Independent Candidate, garnered 107,326 votes, a 31.51% representation.

The incumbent, Dr Julius Malombe of Wiper Democratic Movement came third with 71,298 votes, a 20.93% representation of the total votes cast.

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