Agnes Kavindu Muthama headed for landslide victory in Machakos Senatorial by-election

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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,19TH MARCH,2021-Wiper Party candidate Agnes Kavindu Muthama is set to win the Machakos Senatorial by-election by a landslide margin.

Kavindu has so far garnered 104,082 votes in contrast to United Democratic Alliance (UDA) candidate Urbanus Muthama Ngengele who has managed a mere 19,705 votes.

Machakos County has over 620,000 voters split across 1,335 polling stations.

Kavindu’s projected win will seemingly cement the political influence of Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka in the Ukambani region against perceived competition from UDA Chairman and former Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama.

The by-election was however defined by low voter turnout for the better part of Thursday.

Poll officials remained largely idle with most polling stations reporting a turnout of less than 15 per cent by 1pm.

The Machakos Senatorial by-election attracted 11 candidates including three independent ones.

Kavindu of Wiper and UDA’s Ngengele were however seen as the front-runners alongside John Mutua Katuku of Maendeleo Chap Chap who later withdrew from the race.

The seat fell vacant following the death of Senator Boniface Kabaka in December 2020.

 

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