Magical ballot: Kinango MCA-elect who beat rival with one vote

Itambo said it was his third attempt to be contest for the Kinango MCA seat.

In Summary

• Itambo who was contesting on United Democratic Alliance (UDA) ticket emerged the winner after garnering 1,547 votes.

• His closest competitor who is also the incumbent MCA Raphael Bavu came second.

Devolution CAS Hussein Dado and Kinango constituency manager Richard Itambo at Busho Primary School in Kinango, Kwale county.
Devolution CAS Hussein Dado and Kinango constituency manager Richard Itambo at Busho Primary School in Kinango, Kwale county.
Image: FILE

Richard Itambo, the newly elected Member of the County Assembly (MCA) in Kinango, Kwale County, won by one vote.

Itambo, who was contesting on United Democratic Alliance (UDA) ticket, emerged the winner after garnering 1,547 votes.

His closest competitor, who is also the incumbent MCA Raphael Bavu, came second after garnering 1,546 votes.

"We thank God for this win because, in the August 9 poll, I won with a plus of only one vote," he said in an interview with Citizen on Thursday.

He said the one "magical" vote changed his political life.

Itambo said it was his third attempt to contest for the Kinango MCA seat.

"This is my third trial, the first one was in 2013 when I lost to the winner with about 300 votes, the other one was in 2017 where I lost again with only 57 votes," Itambo added.

In 2017, he lost to the current MCA, Bavu.

The race attracted 16 candidates in the 2022 General Election.

He urged the people to see the need of casting their votes as it could make a huge difference in the leadership of the society.

"All votes matter, just a single vote has made a difference and this will go a long way," Itambo noted.


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