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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Kuria floors 7 rivals in Gatundu South, woman reporter wins too

Fomer jouranlist Anne Wanjiku Kibe recives her certificate from returning officer Patrick Muthee Gakuru
Fomer jouranlist Anne Wanjiku Kibe recives her certificate from returning officer Patrick Muthee Gakuru

Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria retained his parliamentary seat with a land slide after garnering 60,867 votes beating other 7 candidates.

The closest rival running as as an independent Kungu Kibathi came second with 2,323 votes.

Other were Pawdep CEO Julius Chege (Independent) 1,925, Njenga Mburu Maendeleo Chap Chap 370 former Majority leader in the Kiambu County Assembly Simon Komu 344, Kungu Kinyua 341, Gitau Njoroge 130 and Paul Kamau 122

In Gatundu North former Mediamax Networks Ltd scribe Annie Wanjiku Kibe beat 6 male contestants in the race for the Gatundu North parliamentary seat.

Kibe garnered 39,447 votes against former MP Kung’u Waibara’s 9,314 while incumbent MP Francis Kigo followed by 8,124 votes.

Former Kiambu County chief of staff Dominic Gicheru who like Waibara and Kigo vied as an independent candidate managed 1999 votes, Patrick Karigi (Mendeleo Chapchap) followed by 545 votes while John Njenga, an independent candidate only managed 78 votes.

Wanjiku becomes the only woman MP in Kiambu County after Alice Ng’ang’a lostr her seat to Patrick Waina an independent candidate who garnered 58286 against Ng'ang'as 50,115 votes.. The other woman MP Esther Gathogo had earlier lost the JP nominations to Businessman Ng’ang’a King’ara.

'It has been a rough journey for me as a woman aspirant. I have had to endure hatred, abuses, destructive propaganda and mischief in my quest to better the lives of Gatundu North people. Am a fruit of Gods favour, mature perception of women leadership and extensive toil as i sought to transform lives of the people of Gatundu South” she said after the announcement made by Gatundu North returning officer Patrick Muthee Gakuru on Wednesday late night. .

“As my opponents concentrated most on drowning my bid, i spent most of my time telling voters what i would do for them if elected and indeed they have heard my manifesto and thought it corresponded with prevailing issues within the greenery sub county,' she said.

The MP elect said she felt deeply honored by the goodwill exhibited by the people of Gatundu North by offering her the opportunity to serve as their first ever female MP.

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