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Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Worrying voter apathy in Makueni

Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper Democratic Movement scooped majority MPs seats in Makueni County in the just concluded general election even as they clinched seats with few votes

Five out of six parliamentary seats in the county went to the party’s Michael Kisoi (Mbooni),Ms JesicaMbalu (Kibwezi East),Mrs.ReginahNdambuki (Kilome),Richard Makenga(Kaiti) and Daniel Maanzo (Makueni)
The sixth constituency-Kibwezi West was won by a newcomer Dr.PatrickMusimba,an independent candidate who defeated former Kibwezi MP KalembeNdile by 200 votes.

“Iam extremely humbled by the huge number of votes the Makueni people cast for me. I wish to sincerely thank them and assure them that I will serve them diligently”, said Mutula in an interview .
Dr.Musimba said he was delighted with the honor bestowed on him by the Kibwezi West voters and assured them of his desire to work with them to improve their standard of living.
On her part Ms Museo pledged to champion the rights of women and youth by ensuring they are empowered socially, economically and politically.
The voice of women will also be represented in the gubernatorial office where former nominated MP AndelinaMwau will be deputizing governor elect Prof.KivuthaKibwana.

More worryingly is the fact that most of the winners got very few votes. Daniel Maanzo who won Makueni seat polled 14,523 votes against Peter Kiilu’s 12,677.
And in the newly created Kibwezi West constituency TIP leader KalembeNdile lost to newcomer Dr.PatrickMaweuMusimba who managed 17,974. Kalembe got 17,773
The same voter apathy was seen in Kibwezi East where Ms Jesica Mbalu, wife of Justice Mutava  polled 13,012 votes against her closest rival Willy Malile’s 6,252. In Kaiti Mr.Richard Makenga who had previously unsuccessfully contested the parliamentary seat won with 14,472 votes.
The show was better in Kilome where Mrs.ReginahNdambuki scored 25,241 votes. Mrs.Rose Museo got 97,187 votes out of over 300,000 votes to be the women representative in Parliament.

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