The United Democratic Alliance (UDA)’s first elected MP John Njuguna was sworn into office on Wednesday, August 4, 2021.
Njuguna took the oath of office accompanied by Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro and Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wa.
The ceremony held at parliament buildings was presided over by National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi.
Barely a year after its formation, the UDA Party boasts of Njuguna as its first elected MP and also has 2 elected MCAs from Rurii Ward in Kiambu County and London Ward in Nakuru County.
During the swearing-in of John Njuguna as the Kiambaa MP, UDA members painted parliament buildings with yellow and black colors, the party’s brand colors.
The ladies had yellow dresses or coats, while the men donned yellow ties.
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UDA’s first elected MP was accompanied by his wife and mother in the swearing-in ceremony, who were also dressed in yellow.
Njuguna’s swearing-in comes after a hotly contested Kiambaa by-election held on July 15.
It was a tight race, as UDA’s John Njuguna garnered 21,773 votes with his top competitor, Jubilee’s Kariri Njama closely following him with 21,263.
After the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) announced the poll results on July 16, Kariri Njama accused his opponents of election malpractice.
Later on, Jubile Party leadership made the same accusations, calling for a repeat of vote counting.
The party demanded the repeat of vote counting in 3 out of the 152 polling stations.
“We are not satisfied with what IEBC did to our candidate. When you are not satisfied with the results and you want a recount, they cannot refuse to give you a recount,” Jubilee Vice-chairman David Murathe told the press.
The Kiambaa seat was left vacant after the demise of MP Paul Koinange on March 31.