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BY EURIDICE NZIOKA,CORRESPONDENT,KITUI,17TH JAN 2018-Widow of former Kituia west member of parliament the late Francis Nyenze ,Edith Vethi Nyenze will carry wiper party flag in the by elections to be held on 26th of March of she clinched the party ticket to contest for for the seat.
in the party primaries held on Tuesday ,Mrs Nyenze garnered 13, 388 votes against her opponent in the party Maluki Kitili Mwendwa who got 2,663 votes.
The party’s returning officer Francis Kivindu announced the final results at Matinyani Hall tallying centre and declared Mrs Nyenze the winner.
The announcement threw her supporters into frenzy with dance and cheers renting the air after the late Nyenze widow was announced the winner.
Speaking after the announcement ,Mrs Nyenze thanked her supporters for believing in her and pledged to heal the divides and political wounds in the Wiper party arising from the nomination contest, as she prepares to battle with candidates who will be nominated by other parties.
Mrs Nyenze, the widow of the late MP for Kitui West Francis Nyenze, enjoyed tremendous political goodwill and sympathy after juggling between the 2017 election campaigns and nursing her sick husband who succumbed to colon cancer in December, four months after winning in the August 8 General Election.
Mr Mwendwa, her rival in the party primaries, immediately conceded defeat and congratulated Mrs Nyenze “for a well-run campaign” and offered to support her win the by-election.
“To my worthy opponent, congratulations madam. You ran a great campaign and you have my full support going forward” Mr Mwendwa said in a brief statement.
The young Mwendwa, who is son of former cabinet minister Nyiva Mwendwa, thanked his supporters who were behind his short and spirited campaign, and urged them to rally behind the winner saying the people of Kitui West have spoken very clearly.
“I thank you all for your hard work and dedication. Even though the result may not be what we hoped for, the people have spoken. And we should now work for a greater Kitui West,” he said.
He particularly urged the residents shun petty divisions and stop looking at their constituency as two separate entities of Matinyani and Mutonguni but as one united Kitui west.