Kiambu’s Juja ward residents have broken ethnic and racial lines to elect ‘Muhindi Wa Juja’ (Juja’s Indian) as their MCA.
Kalpesh Jayantilal trounced nine rivals to clinch the seat. He had 18,471 votes.
Jayantilal was followed by David Macharia, who had 2,349. Jeremiah Kiama came third with 2107.
Jayantilal ran on the Jubilee Party ticket, which he clinched in the April nomination.
He had 2,178 votes, followed by Jeremiah Kiarie with 923.
David Macharia had 754. Sitting MCA Samuel Gitau, popularly known as Kitata, was last with 61 votes.
Jayantilal, a Juja-based businessman, was declared the winner and handed his victory certificate by Juja constituency returning officer Justus Mbithi at the tallying centre, Mang’u High School, on Thursday.
He said he has been “a man of the people because I help the community”.
“I sat down with my people and we drafted our way forward. They listed what they wanted me to look at and I promised to deliver,” Jayantilal said.
“They have expressed their confidence in me and I’m grateful.”
Residents said they voted for Jayantilal because he has the capacity to deliver and bring about development.
They praise him for launching projects before he was elected and say they have benefitted from him and hope he will continue to do more to improve their lives.
“Even before we elected him, he constructed several kilometres of feeder roads in the ward,” resident Lawrence Kiruthu said.
“The clean piped water we use in our homes comes from his family and we access it free.”
Jayantilal attended Machakos Primary School before proceeding to Parklands Secondary School, Nairobi, for his O-level education.
He later got admitted to Chania High School, Thika, for his A-level studies.
Upon completion, he joined his family business.
Jayantilal said he will work closely with MP Francis Waititu, who was reelected, to serve residents “in the best way possible”.
“Waititu is a good leader and a performer and I will team up with him to ensure we develop our region,” he said.
Waititu was reelected with 66,190 votes. He beat his closest rival George Koimburi, who got 10,165 votes.
Antony Kirori came third with 6,335, while Lukas Mwaura was fourth with 4,590.
The MP congratulated Jayantilal and said he will guide him “so we can work together to serve residents efficiently”.
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