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We’ve Served Notice, DP Ruto Roars After Kibra By-election Face-off With Raila

DP William Ruto with McDonald Mariga [Photo/Courtesy]

Deputy President William Ruto has vowed to strike Kibra constituency again in the future after Jubilee candidate McDonald Mariga lost to Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party’s Imran Okoth in the Thursday mini-poll.

In a congratulatory message to Imran, the DP on Friday morning stated that despite the loss, the Jubilee party did well when compared to the 2017 election.

He noted that Jubilee doubled its support from 12 per cent in 2017 to 26 per cent in the yesterday poll.

Citing violence that was targeted at supporters allied to Mariga, the DP lauded them for daring what ODM believed was its “bedroom”.

“Pongezi Benard Okoth for Kibra. Congrats Mariga, Team Jubilee & supporters for daring the so-called ‘bedroom’, braving the chaos/violence, to double our vote from 12%(2017) to 26% now. Our competitors came down 78% (2017) to 52%, ” he wrote on Twitter.

“They retained the seat we have served notice.”

“Kibra you are amazing! In spite of questionable reinforcements, the con-handshake candidate narrative, the violence/ intimidation, you went past the gate, the door & voted Jubilee a third of ‘bedroom’. You have changed the politics of, not just Kibra but Kenya. We are indebted, ” he added.

 

Read: Why Imran Okoth’s Win In Kibra Is No Big Deal

Imran was declared the winner of the poll after garnering 24,636 votes with Mariga, his closest rival, coming in second with 11,230 votes.

Eliud Owalo of Amani National Congress (ANC) came third with 5,275 votes followed by Khamisi Butichi of Ford Kenya with 260 votes. The race had attracted 24 candidates. The rest of the candidates managed less than 200 votes.

Mariga had already conceded defeat on Thursday night saying that he was happy the contest was peaceful.

The race was touted as a supremacy battle between the DP and ODM leader Raila Odinga ahead of the 2022 succession politics.

Read Also: Mariga Concedes Defeat In Kibra By-election, Congratulates Imran – Video

Many believe the DP’s move to field Mariga at Raila’s “stronghold” was tactical and one aimed at helping him position himself better for the 2022 presidential race where Raila might be one of his rivals.

Mariga went into the race disadvantaged after a number of Jubilee leaders publicly declared support for Imran.

Some of the leaders include Kirinyaga Governor Ann Waiguru, nominated lawmaker Maina Kamanda, former Nairobi Woman Representative Rachael Shebesh (Current Youth and Gender Affairs Chief Administrative Secretary) among others.

Read Also: IEBC Declares Imran Okoth Kibra MP-Elect

The leaders joined ODM to campaign for Imran in Kibra saying he was the handshake candidate.

President Kenyatta didn’t also come out to campaign for Mariga, save for the “endorsement” pictures that surfaced online.

Ms Waiguru has already congratulated Imran.

However, the post attracted mixed reactions with a section claiming her support was “inconsequential”.

“With all due respect to my Governor. The results confirm that Raila Odinga wing of the handshake voted for  Imran Okoth ..but from the vote tonight, neither You, nor Dennis Waweru, or Maina Kamanda, Rachel Shebesh & others swayed the vote. You gave baba a RAW deal! ” opined State House Director of Communication Dennis Itumbi.

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Written by Wycliffe Nyamasege

Passionate digital Journalist with a bias for political and current affairs stories.
Email news@kahawatungu.com

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