Onyonka beats Jubilee’s Kibagendi,retains Kitutu Chache MP seat
Ford Kenya’s Richard Onyonka has been re-elected to serve for a third term for Kitutu Chache South MP seat.Read Also:Mutahi Kahiga To Be Sworn In Following The Demise Of Nyeri Governor
In a mini-election that was held on Tuesday,Onyonka garnered 10,122 votes while his Jubilee competitor Anthony Kibagendi emerged second with 5,074 votes.
According to the results by the constituency’s Returning Officer Hilda Imbo early today,Omwando at 4am on Wednesday,Samwel Kenani came in third with 4,324 votes while Maubi Andrew Mokaya got 2,191 votes taking the fourth position.See Also:Over 600,000 KCSE Candidates Start 2017 Tests Today
Others who were in the race included Nyarango Henry Morara who garnered 201 votes,Onkangi James Kegoro with 100 votes and Mochoge Justus Onsongo 60 votes.
Onyonka’s supporters broke into songs of praise, cheers and jubilation after the results were officially announced at St. Marys Mosocho Girls primary boarding.
Onyonka was endorsed for the race by National Super Alliance Raila Odinga last week.
Upon the declaration of the results his party leader Moses Wetang’ula who congratulated him saying he needs people like him in parliament to tame Jubilee’s influence.
Voting took place in all the 115 polling stations across the constituency which had 59,017 registered voters but those who turned out to vote were 22,240 representing 37.40 percent.
Valid votes were 22,072 while rejected ballots were 168.
Kitutu Chache South constituency elections were postponed two weeks to the August 8 polls following the death of Jubilee candidate, Leonard Mwamba on July 14th.Read Also:NHIF Beneficiaries Will Now Access Any Hospital Without Adding An Extra Coin
Even before the results were officially announced, there was jubilation at St Mary’s Mosocho Primary School tallying center after it emerged that Mr Onyoka had taken a commanding lead.
Jubilee Party later nominated Anthony Kibagendi to replace him.
Hundreds of his supporters who had thronged the tallying center broke into song and dance and lifted their MP-elect shoulder high.Se Also:NASA Announces Boycott of Safaricom,Bidco and Brookside
Onyonka addressed his supporters aftre being declared the winner and called his opponents to join hands to ensure excellent services are offered to the residents for the next five years.
55 year old Onyonka will serve for a third term having won the seat in 2007 on a PDP ticket. In 2013, he won on an ODM ticket with 17,274 votes against his closest challenger Don Bosco Gichana who got 8,203 votes.
The newly elected took after his late father Zachary Onyonka who ruled the constituency from 1962 until his death in 1996.
Onyonka promised to accomplish all development projects that he began in his second term in the office to ensure he leaves a good legacy.
He first engaged himself in politics after his father passed on prompting a by-election in which he lost.
The constituency was first known as Kitutu Chache before being split into Kitutu Chache South and Kitutu Chache North.
Kitutu Chache North is currently held by Jimmy Angwenyi (Jubilee).Job Opportunity-Plan International