Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana has declared a new chapter in Ukambani politics after Kalonzo Musyoka’s party was thrashed to become a distant third in the Nguu/Musumba by-election. Independent candidate Timothy Sireri Maneno emerged victorious in the hotly contested snap poll followed closely by United Democratic Alliance (UDA) candidate David Musau who got 2,219 votes and Wiper Party’s Eisho Mwaiwa was third with 1,614 votes.
Speaking on Friday night after Timothy Maneno was announced the winner, Governor Kibwana said despite the election being a ward- minipoll, it had given the clearest indication the region was witnessing a new political dispensation going into 2022.
”Some people may say this was just a ward by-election, but it is an indication that when elections are free and fair..people who think they are prominent will not be anywhere to win. This win is an indication of a new political dispensation, not only in the region but also in the country,” the Makueni governor said.
Maneno, is said to have been fronted by Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana.
He trounced his rivals by garnering 2,902 votes, against United Democratic Alliance (UDA) candidate David Musau who got 2,219 votes and Wiper Party’s Eisho Mwaiwa was third with 1,614 votes.
According to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), a total of 6,783 votes were cast representing 60.33 percent voter turnout. Valid votes were 6,735 while rejected votes were 48.
On his part, Wiper boss Kalonzo Musyoka conceded defeat while at the same time claiming instances of violence may have led the Wiper party’s loss, but affirmed he is strongly in the race to become president next year.
“The people of Nguu-Masumba have spoken through the ballot and we honor their decision. The violence witnessed in a section of the ward was unnecessary and against Wiper ideals and ethos. This does not deter our resolve to take the leadership of this country and deal a deadly blow to corruption once and for all,” the former vice president said in a statement.