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November 16, 2018

Maanzo topples Kiilu, defeats 7 others to take Makueni seat

Former Cooperatives Secretary Daniel  Maanzo addressing the Wikithuki Framers cooperative society members in August last year Photo/File
Former Cooperatives Secretary Daniel Maanzo addressing the Wikithuki Framers cooperative society members in August last year Photo/File

Former Ministry of Cooperatives Secretary Daniel Maanzo is the new Member of Parliament for Makueni. Maanzo who contested the seat on a Wiper ticket beat seven others  to emerge the winner with 14,523 votes as announced by the constituency returning officer Catherine Kithinji yesterday morning.

Narc's Peter Kiilu, the immediate former MP who served the constituency for one term, was second with 12,677 votes followed by Livingstone Mulei Wambua with 10,004.

Others were Muungano Party's Suzzane Kiamba with 8,183 votes, Joel Mbithi with 3,541, Fidelis Mulei 2,565, Musomba Maurice 1,261 and Josphat Mutua 793. The Makueni tallying centre was at Makueni Boys High School.

In Kibwezi West, little known independent party parliamentary aspirant Patrick Maweu Musimba toppled the Independent Party leader Richard Kalembe Ndile to emerge victorious. Musimba garnered 17,174 votes Kalembe’s 15,975.

Other aspirants were brothers Mwengi Mutuse (Wiper) 3,013 and John Mutuse (Narc) 278 votes. John Kiema (ODM) 590, Carolyne Mwelu (PICK) 4,111, Masoo (NPK)1,964, Dominic Matheka (DP) 1,306 and Masaku 141 votes.

The electorate in Makueni has brought in new MPs for the six constituencies with two women claiming victory. The new faces are as follows Regina Ndambuki (Kilome), Richard Makenga (Kaiti), Jessica Nduku Mbalu (Kibwezi East) and Michael Kisio Munyao (Mbooni). They were all Wiper candidates.

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