BY NAMULONGO PETER/CORRESPONDENT,NAKURU,28TH APRIL 2017-The uncumbent Nakuru governor Kinuthia Mbugua has lost the gubernatorial ticket to former National Transport and Safety Authority Chairman Lee Kinyanjui .Kinyanjui garnered 216,581 votes against Kinuthia’s 150,137 in what is seen by many as a protest vote against the latter’s administration.
Most residents who voted him out cited undelivered promises and poor development record as their main objection against the former Administration Police Commandant while others blamed his fall on alleged arrogance among his handlers.
Kinuthia got a rude shock when he lost by huge margin in his strongholds of Naivasha, Molo and both Kuresoi North and South.
Kinyanjui who is also the former Nakuru Town MP beat the incumbent in 10 out of 11 constituencies with some such as Naivasha, Gilgil and Kuresoi North giving more than double of what Kinuthia got.
Former NACADA Chairman John Mututho came a distant third with 30,487 in the hotly contested gubernatorial nomination.
In the Senate race, Nakuru County Assembly Speaker Susan Kihika won by a landslide.
Nominated Senator Liza Chelule managed to get the Woman Representative nomination in a very crowded contest after she floored eight other contestants by garnering 119,924 votes followed by Anne Karigu with 55,111 votes and Agnes Njambi at number three with 39,384 votes.