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November 14, 2018

Kenya's first women governors: Ngilu, Laboso, Waiguru flying high after vote

A file photo of former Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu who is likely to become Kitui Governor. /JACK OWUOR
A file photo of former Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu who is likely to become Kitui Governor. /JACK OWUOR

Former Lands CS Charity Ngilu may return to glory as Kitui governor, going by votes counted so far after Kenyans voted on Tuesday.

Ngilu was one of several Cabinet Secretaries who were fired over corruption. Her case had to do with the 134-acre Karen land saga.

Read: Uhuru Unfair To Sacked CSs - Ruto

Ngilu is leading with 139,372 votes (47.96 per cent) in results for 1,196 of the 1,454 polling stations. Senator David Musila is following with 91,763 votes (31.58 per cent) while incumbent Julius Malombe is fourth with 59,437 votes (20.46 per cent).

These were the figures at 9.25 am on Wednesday.

Read: Kitui voters queue from 2.30am, Ngilu waits three hours to vote

Another female candidate, National Assembly deputy speaker Joyce Laboso is leading in Bomet with170,774 votes which translates to 67.37 per cent.

Laboso is ahead of incumbent Isaac Rutto, who recently became the fifth NASA principal, with 170,981 votes (67.34 per cent) against his 82,943 (32.66 per cent).

On Tuesday, Rutto said he will only accept the outcome if it reflects the will of the people. He addressed the media shortly after voting at Chebaraa Primary School, Chepalungu constituency.

The Governor said he has confidence in the electoral body as it had handled the process in the region “fairly”.

Laboso also said she was happy with the way the election was conducted. 

Read: Laboso, Rutto praise IEBC for smooth polls, county boss slams arrest of staffer

Also read: Early results show Rutto, Munya, Kabogo and Kidero could go home

In Kirinyaga, Anne Waiguru is likely to win the governor post and take over from Joseph Ndathi.

Waiguru, who once served as Devolution Cabinet Secretary, had 136 378 votes, by 9.00 am on Wednesday, against Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua's 103,031 votes.

Bedan Kagai had 8 535 votes while the Governor trailed at 3,895 votes.

More on this: Waiguru wins Jubilee ticket to vie for Kirinyaga governor

Also read: Uhuru parades Waiguru and Karua, says voters will decide but loser will get state job

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