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Monday, April 24, 2017

[AUDIO] Governor Mruttu loses Taita Taveta ODM ticket to Mwadeghu

Wundanyi MP and Taita Taveta governor aspirant Thomas Mwadeghu votes at the Sacred Heart Mwakiwiwi Girls' Secondary school during ODM nominations, April 18, 2017. /RAPHAEL MWADIME
Wundanyi MP and Taita Taveta governor aspirant Thomas Mwadeghu votes at the Sacred Heart Mwakiwiwi Girls' Secondary school during ODM nominations, April 18, 2017. /RAPHAEL MWADIME

Taita Taveta Governor John Mruttu has lost the ODM nomination to National Assembly minority whip Thomas Mwadeghu.

Provisional results showed Mwadeghu garnered 17,567 votes against Mruttu's 14,817 to clinch the party's ticket ahead of the August 8 general election.

Returning officer Lawrence Sampele announced the totals on Wednesday but did not give a breakdown.

Before the board released the figures, it was reported that Mruttu got 3,628 votes while Mwadeghu got 4,417 in Wundanyi.

In Taveta, he got 5,112 votes while Mwadeghu was backed by 1,181 voters.

The Governor got 3,950 votes in Voi where Mwadeghu garnered 4,197. In Mwatate, Mruttu polled 3,221 votes while Mwadeghu got 8,626.

These figures add up to 15,911 for Mruttu and 18,421 for Mwadeghu.

Before Sampele's announcement, Mwadeghu said: "Nimemshinda na tunahimiza election board itoe matokeo ya Mwatate haraka kwa maana hiyo ndio inaleta shida."

This loosely translates to: "I defeated him. I urge the board to quickly release the results for Mwatate as there lies the problem.)

But Mruttu said some centres were not opened preventing his supporters from voting for him.

"Vituo karibu sita zilifungwa... [watu] wanaona ni kama walifungiwa ili wasihusiane na hilo zoezi," he said.

(About six polling stations were shut. The people believe they were kept from voting.)

On Tuesday, Mruttu expressed fears the party was ill-prepared for the nominations.

Jones Mwahima beat Richard Tairo in the senator nomination after getting 21,037 votes against his 11,048.

Anisa Mwakio beat Anastasia Wakesho for the woman representative ticket with 16,238 against the latter's 14,684.

The board will repeat elections at five polling stations on Saturday. The Returning Officer cancelled the exercises due to heavy rain.


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