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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,8TH NOV 2019– Bernard Imran Okoth the ODM candidates in Kibra By election has emerged winner in the hotly-contested Kibra race .
Imran Okoth emerged top after garnering 24,636 votes with Jubilee Party’s McDonald Mariga coming in second with 11,230 votes.
At third position was Eliud Owalo (ANC) with 5,275 votes followed by Khamisi Butichi (Ford Kenya) in fourth place with 260 votes.
A total of 24 candidates contested for the Kibra parliamentary seat which fell vacant following the death of Ken Okoth who succumbed to cancer in July this year.
Kibra Constituency has a total of 118,658 voters in its five wards of Sarang’ombe, Woodley, Makina, Laini Saba and Lindi.
The mini poll in Kibra was marred by several incidents of alleged voter bribery and pockets of violence.
Three people were arrested over alleged voter bribery as Kibra residents cast their votes to elect a new Member of Parliament.
Meanwhile Mc Donlad Mariga has conceded defeat after emerging second in kibra by election.Speaking after the results were made public,Mariga called Okoth to congratulate him.
A video of Mariga released late Thursday evening showed the Jubilee candidate making the phone call to Okoth.
“Hallo boss, ni Mariga. Nimepiga nikuambie congratulations. Race imekuwa poa, hatukupigana mahali popote tulikuwa pamoja. Niko ready hata kwa lunch…vile utataka, na pia support yoyote utataka kutoka kwangu, niko ready,” Mariga said.
He continued: “After elections tutarudi ile life yetu ya mabeshte na kila kitu…Kabisa Sir.”
Okoth is heard acknowledging the congratulatory message and thanking Mariga for the phone call.