Jubilee women bag more top seats

By ERIC WAINAINA
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By NJERI RUGENE
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Jubilee Party has the highest number of women who have been elected to top key political seats in Tuesday’s General Election.

Of the three women who have made history as the first elected governors, two seats went to Jubilee in outgoing deputy national Assembly Speaker  Joyce Laboso who won the Bomet governorship and her Kirinyaga counterpart Anne Waiguru.

Former cabinet minister Charity Ngilu won the Kitui governorship on her Narc party under the National Super Alliance (Nasa ) coalition.

Dr Laboso,  also the Sotik MP, garnered 175, 932 votes which translates to a 67 per cent to handed incumbent Isaac Ruto, who was defending his seat on a Chama Cha Mashinani, a huge defeat.

Mr Ruto, a Nasa, principal managed to garner 85, 863 votes.

Ms Waiguru, the former Devolution Cabinet Secretary, staged a spirited campaign to trounce incumbent Joseph Ndathi during the Jubilee Party primaries in Kirinyaga, and in the August 8 election,  defeated former Gichugu MP and cabinet minister Martha Karua after after garnering 159, 606  against 120, 341 in a tough battle.

But it is Ms Ngilu, a veteran politician and former cabinet minister in the Kibaki and Uhuru Kenyatta governments, who once vied for presidency, who pulled a surprise after she surmounted Wiper Democratic Movement’s popularity in the Ukambani region, and the vigour by her two male opponents to become the third female governor. She won by 167, 741 votes to beat Kitui Senator David Musila who was running as an independent candidate and incumbent Julius Malobe of Wiper.

Mr Musila who returned to the race as an independent candidate after losing the Wiper ticket to the Mr Malombe under controversial circumstances got 113, 012 votes  to emerge second while the governor was third with 74, 006 votes.

In the senatorial seats,  Jubilee Party won two through the former Nakuru Assembly Speaker Susan Kihika in the County, while former Cabinet minister in…

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