Oct 21, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Timothy Maneno wins hotly-contested Nguu/Masumba Ward by-election

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) named Mr. Maneno the mini-poll winner after receiving 2,902 votes.

UDA’s Daniel Kivuva finished second in the highly competitive race with 2,219 votes , while Eshio Mwaiwa of the Wiper Democratic Movement finished third with 1,604 votes.

“Timothy Maneno is the Nguu / Masumba MCA elected after collecting 2,902 votes. Mr Musau bagging 2219 votes, while Mwaiwa 1614 Votes received, “Officer Maureen Oyaro announced at the end of the counting exercise at the Kikuumini Counting Center.

Mr. Maneno, a former Teacher Service Commission official, was a councilor for the area between 1997 and 2013 when he became the first MCA in which was ward.

Lost the seat in 2017

He was one of 29 MCAs who lost their seats in the 2017 general election after losing favor with voters. The seat vacated in June when MCA Harris Ngui died in a traffic accident.

“I will be working with my two brothers. Let them share the ideas they have for the people in Nguu Ward / Masumba we had to implement, “said the MCA-Elect in his acceptance speech.

While Mr. Mwaiwa enjoyed the support of politicians from the One Kenya Alliance in the race, Mr. Kivuva enjoyed the support of politicians who participated Dr. Ruto in the region.

Mr. Maneno was assisted by Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana, Machako’s Chief of Staff Mwengi Mutuse and a number of former Makueni community representatives.

At the celebration of the election result celebrated Prof. Kibwana and Mr Mutuse said it was a new start in politics in the region, which is widely regarded as the political turf of wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka.

Admitted defeat

“The people of Nguu / Masumba Ward upheld the democratic ideals. They spoke loud and clear in the election of Mr. Maneno. I thank all the brave leader-volunteers who supported the 1st Independent Candidate in every way opened a new chapter in the politics of our region and our country, “said Prof. Kibwana.

At the local level, the by-election was billed as a petri dish for the supremacy of Mr. Mutuse and the businessman James Mbaluka, he coordinated Mr. Musau’s campaign. The two have expressed an interest in Kibwezi West’s parliamentary seat in next year’s elections.

The mini-poll is also seen as a competition between wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Prof. Kibwana and Vice President William Ruto, who all have the presidency in their sights.

Previously, the Wiper Party had admitted defeat even before the IEBC announced the final results. In a statement that Mr. Musyoka posted on his social media accounts, the party congratulated Mr. Maneno and Mr. Kivuva.

“The people of Nguu / Masumba Ward spoke through the vote and we should take their decision respect “said Mr. Musyoka.