Ruto used Mariga to test Raila’s powers


ODM candidate Bernard Imran Okoth has emerged winner in the hotly-contested Kibra by-election.

Imran garnered 24,636 votes with Jubilee Party’s McDonald Mariga coming in second with 11,230 votes.

On Thursday, as vote counting was underway, Mariga  had called Okoth to congratulate him after conceding defeat.

At third position was Eliud Owalo (ANC) with 5,275 votes followed by Khamisi Butichi (Ford Kenya) in fourth place with 260 votes.

A total of 24 candidates contested for the Kibra parliamentary seat which fell vacant following the death of Ken Okoth who succumbed to cancer in July this year.

However this leaves many wondering whether the Jubilee politicians led by Deputy President William Ruto were focused on winning the seat left vacant by the late Ken Okoth.

Ruto has been leading most of Mariga’s campaigns in the vast constituency among others including Boniface Khalwale and MP Didmus Barasa,

However the leaders did not seem interested in pushing the former international footballer to change his voter’s details so that he could vote for himself in Kibra.

Mariga’s registration is in Kariokor area, Starehe Constituency.

It was also an issue with most Jubilee politicians complaining that the DP did not help them get security on Thursday during the by election leading to most of them being harassed in the constituencies.

It is alleged that they had been promised to get police officers which did not happen.

According to political pundit Ben Mulwa, Ruto used the by election to test his political stature in areas perceived to e ODM strong grounds which could have worked.

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“The DP is a smart man, his focus was and is still in 2022, he wanted to weigh how deep he can penetrate an enemies’ camp and given the 36 per cent votes Jubilee got, ODM should celebrate the win but be wary of the next general elections,” he said.

The race for the seat had shaped up into a fierce battle between Ruto and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, the ODM leader.

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