Former Mukurweini MP Kabando Wa Kabando was seeking to succeed Nyeri Senator Ephraim Maina in the August 9, General Election.

Kabando, who seeking the seat on Martha Karua’s Narc Kenya ticket however lost the seat to Wahome Wamatinga who was serving as Mathira NGCDF chairman.

Speaking for the first time after conceding defeat, the former legislator said he failed to clinch the senatorial seat because he was supporting former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

Former Mukurweini MP Kabando Wa Kabando was seeking to succeed Nyeri Senator Ephraim Maina in the August 9, General Election.
Former Mukurweini MP Kabando Wa Kabando was seeking to succeed Nyeri Senator Ephraim Maina in the August 9, General Election.

In a series of tweets on Wednesday, August 31, Kabando said that had he accepted the UDA party ticket following persuasion by William Ruto and his running mate Rigathi Gachagua, then, he’d be the senator of Nyeri County.

“I know that had I taken UDA ticket as persuaded by William Ruto, Rigathi Gachagua and their brigade, today I’d be Nyeri Senator,” he said.

He, however, admitted that he does not regret losing the seat for being in Azimio la Umoja one Kenya Coalition party.

“But do I regret it? No, no, never,” he added.

He further advised other Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition party leaders from the vote-rich Mt Kenya who lost in the just-ended elections to concede defeat and move on.

“I advise Mt Kenya Azimio colleagues who were clearly unsuccessful as me to humbly embrace 3As: Accept, Admit, Advance. Respect the voter. Submit to Victors. Be democrats. Let’s move on,” he said.

Kabando further dismissed allegations that the yellow wave witnessed in the region was due to the anger people from the region had against President Uhuru Kenyatta.

He instead admitted that there were malpractices during elections in the region.

“High malpractices must clearly have adversely affected #BabaNaMama total Presidency votes. But quite honestly, we all at lower seats cannot claim we were rigged out. In fact, barely 3 few of us Azimio candidates in MtKenya campaigned for Raila and Martha except when they visited,” he said.

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