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November 16, 2018

Jubilee wins most seats in one-time NASA zone Lamu

Lamu incoming Deputy Governor Abdulhakim Mohamed, Governor-elect Fahim Twaha, Senator-elect Anwar Loitiptip and incoming woman rep Ruweida Obo. They all ran on the Jubilee ticket /CHETI PRAXIDES
Lamu incoming Deputy Governor Abdulhakim Mohamed, Governor-elect Fahim Twaha, Senator-elect Anwar Loitiptip and incoming woman rep Ruweida Obo. They all ran on the Jubilee ticket /CHETI PRAXIDES

Jubilee has won the election in Lamu county by a margin of more than 85 per cent in a move that has shocked many who thought Lamu is a NASA stronghold.

Fahim Twaha of Jubilee is the governor-elect after after he beat incumbent Issa Timamy of ANC. Twaha had 22,972 votes against Timamy’s 22,484, in what was described as a very tight race.

Timamy joins a host of other incumbents in Lamu and Kenya who have been floored by newcomers.

Twaha was officially declared governor and handed his election certificate by the county elections manager Mohamed Adan at the Lamu Fort on Friday morning.

He has been Timamy’s longest rival and this is his second shot at the governor post after he lost to Timamy in 2013. But he rejected the election results on grounds of election malpractices and filed a petition challenging Timamy’s election.

Twaha lost the case.

Twaha is not new in politics as has served as Lamu West MP.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Nairobi.

In his acceptance speech, Twaha said his priority within his first 100 days in office will be to "undo the harm done to Lamu by my predecessor".

He said Timamy had largely divided the people of Lamu along tribal lines and his main objective was to ensure Lamu is united.

Twaha pledged to scout for national government projects to ensure adequate development, creation of jobs and addressing poverty.

He said that unlike Timamy who has opposed many government projects in the county, he would encourage the government brings in more investors and back state projects.

“Lamu has been damaged at [the] hands of my predecessor. There's so much tribalism which wasn’t there before. People no longer regard each other as brothers and sisters but as so and so from this tribe. My predecessor has made Lamu poorer by rejecting every single development project by the national government. I will encourage the government to invest in Lamu," Twaha said.

Timamy has not publicly accepted the results or conceded defeat.

Another of Jubilee’s big wins is at the senator seat, which was won by youthful and inexperienced Anwar Loitiptip of Jubilee who got 14,432 against his closest rival Hassan Albeity of WDP who had 14,374 votes.

Loitiptip floored Senator Abu Chiaba at the Jubilee primary.

Chiaba has been in politics for more than two decades, having started out as MP for Lamu East in 1992-1997 and in 2002-2013.

Loitiptip, 31, holds a Bachelor’s degree on International Tourism from Uganda’s Kampala University.

He said he will work to end drug abuse in Lamu and to ensure more resources from the national government are directed to the county.

The Lamu East MP seat has been won by incumbent Athman Sharif of Jubilee.

The 40-year-old holds a Bachelor of Science in Leadership from the California Miramar University.

Little-known Ruweida Obo beat incumbent Shakilla Abdalla of WDP for the woman representative seat. Obo had 23,146 votes against Abdalla’s 13,387 votes.

Obo, 39, is a certified pilot.

She pledged to uplift the women of Lamu by making available development funds from the national government and setting up self-help kitties.

A considerable number of Jubilee MCAs have also won seats in the county.

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