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ODM, TNA share parlientary seats in Nairobi county

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 00:00 -- BY STEPHENE SANGIRA

The Jubilee alliance and their opponents Cord were last night head to head in the city's parliamentary elections, in seats mostly won by councilors.

Only Yusuf Hassan of Kamukunji retained his seat on a TNA ticket in elections that have reshaped the city politics with newcomers.

ODM candidates under Cord had won eight out of the 17 parliamentary seats while their opponents TNA under the Jubilee Alliance had a similar number with the only remaining seat that votes still being tallied as we went to press being Makadara.

Immediate former Mayor George Aladwa, running on the ODM ticket was neck to neck with former councillor Bahati Ward councillor Bernard Mutura of TNA as the votes were being tallied at Aquinas High School off Jogoo Road.

ODM has so far won Embakasi East through businessman Omondi Ogutu, Embakasi South was bagged by controversial businessman Irshad Sumra who has contested and lost severally in the larger Embakasi constituency in the past.

Others are newcomers Stephen Kariuki in Mathare Constituency, the eldest son of Bishop Margaret Wanjiru who was trailing TNAs Mike Mbuvi Sonko in Nairobi County's Senatorial seat.

Former nominated counxillor Tim Wanyonyi Wetangula bagged the Westlands seat while the younger brother of Homabay Senator elect Otieno Kajwang, TJ Kajwang has won the Ruaraka seat on his third attempt.

A former student leader at the former Kenya Polytechnic, Simba Arati won the Dagoretti North. The flamboyant Simba served as a nominated councillor in the last City Council where hia bid for the mayoral seat in 2011 gave a scare to the then incumbent Aladwa.

Langata and Kibra also went the ODM way through John Olum and Fred Okoth respectively.

Maina Kamanda also returns to mainstream politics after staying in the cold for the last five years. He bounced back after winning the Starehe seat for TNA

 

New faces on TNA tickets bagged the Ruaraka and Dagoretti South seats while former Muthurwa ward councillor John Gakuya popularly known as Buda shifted his base from Kamukunji to Embakasi North in Dandora to win the seat.

The race for the governor seat pitting Evans Kidero of ODM and Ferdinand Waititu of TNA who were the front runners was still undecided as the tallying was yet to start at the Nyayo National Stadium last night.