UDA members can not keep calm after the party’s candidate clinched the Kiambaa by-election following a tight and intense contest.
United Democratic Alliance (UDA) candidate John Njuguna trounced over his main opponent, Jubilee party’s Kariri Njama who appeared the favourite to clinch the seat having emerged position 2 in the 2017 General Election.
The contest was yet another testament that William Ruto and his allies who subscribe to the hustler narrative have made considerable inroads in Mt Kenya ahead of the 2022 General Election.
It follows UDA’s other by-election wins in Juja constituency as well as Rurii ward in Nyandaru county, all previously considered Jubilee Party’s political bastions.
Allies of DP William Ruto took to their social media pages to celebrate the Kiambaa by-election win even before IEBC announcing the official winner.
Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and his Kericho county counterpart Aaron Cheruiyot mocked the Kariri Njama for decamping from UDA to Jubilee only to go and lose the by-election.
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On Thursday, May 15, DP Ruto met his team at the UDA tallying center where they sang songs of victory, congratulating John Njuguna.
A row between Jubilee and United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party agents occasioned a delay in relaying results from three out of the total 154 polling stations in the Kiambaa Constituency in the early morning of Friday July 16 .
The IEBC was forced to suspend the tallying until calm was restored in the tallying centers.
The Kiambaa by-election win means a lot for UDA, whose main intention was to disapprove Jubilee party officials.
“We are using the mini poll as our rehearsal ahead of the complete take over of the region in the run-up to 2022,
“We are not competing against the President, we are competing against those in his advisory team who have thrived on lying to him and leading him into a succession conflict with his own people,” Irung’u Kang’ata told the press on Thursday.