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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Kuti cements political career with Isiolo governor victory

Isiolo Governor-elect Mohamhed Kuti. /FILE
Isiolo Governor-elect Mohamhed Kuti. /FILE

Former Isiolo Senator Mohamed Kuti is the first politician from Northern Kenya to be re-elected for the forth consecutive term following the August 8 polls.

The 53-year-old has already been declared governor-elect with 22,669 votes after running as an independent candidate.

He first came into the limelight in 2002 when he trounced heavyweight and assistant minister Charfano Guyo to become Isiolo North MP.

He successfully defended the seat in 2007, then in 2013 secured the Senate seat after defeating Guyo with more than 10,000 votes.

Kuti's campaign team for 2013 was led by predecessor Godana Doyo, outgoing MPs Joseph Samal (Isiolo North) and Abdullahi Banticha (Isiolo South), and current woman rep-elect Rehema Dida.

The team, known as 'Chopper Alliance', swept a majority of elective posts in 2013.

But rifts with Doyo led Kuti to unseat him, which saw Doyo lose with 14,595 votes.

The newly elected governor has asked both winners and losers to cooperate in building Isiolo.

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