Three Kakamega MPs lose ODM mandate to contest August polls
Three ODM Members of Parliament have suffered the wrath of the electorate in the just concluded party primaries in Kakamega County after they lost the mandate to vie in the coming General Election.
Lurambi MP Raphael Otaalo got a surprise defeat to Stanley Khainga Ominde. Ominde garnered 11,600 votes to clinch the ticket while the incumbent – Otaalo managed 3,518 votes.
In Butere Constituency, Andrew Toboso was left with limited options of either relinquishing the seat after the expiry of his term or ditching the orange party for another political vehicle after playing second fiddle to Habil Nanjedo.
Nanjendo bagged the ticket with 10,378 votes while Toboso garnered 8,448 votes.
Inzofu Nyamwata came in third with 731 votes.
Justus Kizito will fly the orange party flag during the August 8 polls in Shinyalu Constituency after flooring the incumbent Lisamula Anami.
Kizito is a veteran politician having previously represented the constituency in the National Assembly between 2009 and 2013.
Elsewhere, ODM supporters in Khwisero Constituency will have to wait until Thursday, April 20 to elect their candidate after the exercise was canceled following reported electoral malpractices.
According to the last counted votes, before the process was nullified, the sitting MP Benjamin Andola was in lead with 6,154.
Benjamin Andama was second with 3,900 and Rachael Ameso was third with 2,925.
In the senatorial race, Seth Panyako – the Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) Secretary General, carried the day to face others candidates on other party tickets during the General Election.
Khwisero parliamentary primaries became the second to be canceled in the ongoing ODM primaries after similar fate befall Busia County gubernatorial results.
In Busia, Governor Sospeter Ojaamong was trailing Funyula MP Paul Otuoma until results from two Teso constituencies were declared to turn fortunes towards the incumbent by a great margin.
Otuoma contested the results alleging that Ojaamong had engaged in rigging.
ODM national elections board nullified the results and ordered the exercise to be repeated on Tuesday, April 18.
In Narok County, a parliamentary aspirant, Peter Oiboo Morintat, nabbed in a hotel alongside six accomplices stuffing ballot boxes.
Despite the irregularity, Morintat was declared the winner for Kilgoris Constituency ticket, trouncing two other aspirants.