The United Democratic Alliance (UDA) candidate for the just-ended Muguga Ward by-election Peter Kamau Thumbi has conceded defeat after he lost by 27 votes.
The Independence Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on Friday, July 16, announced Jubilee candidate Mung’ara Githinji the Muguga Ward Member of County Assembly elect in the hotly contested by-election.
Jubilee’s Githinji got 4,089 votes against Kamau of UDA who garnered 4, 062 in the mini-poll held on Thursday, July 15.
In a statement dated Friday, July 16, Kamau said although he suspects that there could have been cases of vote-rigging, he will embrace the IEBC’s declaration.
“I take this opportunity to thank each one of you for the unwavering support that you bestowed upon me during the just-ended Muguga by-election,
“In every competition, there must be a winner. This was not my time. So, I take this opportunity to congratulate the winner (Mung’ara Githinji), and wish him well. May we live to fight another time,” he added.
Kamau echoed his perceived party leader DP William Ruto remarks who recently said that the UDA party will accept the outcome of any election if it losses to opponents as the newly launched party believes in democracy.
“UDA believes when you lose an election, you accept,” Kamau said.
In his latest media interview, DP Ruto, the 2022 presidential hopeful, challenged his competitors to accept the will of the people if they lose in an election.
Speaking during an interview on Radio Jambo on Tuesday, July 13, Ruto said although he was confident of winning, he will concede defeat if beaten by another competitor.
“We need to agree that when I am defeated, I will accept the outcome,” Ruto said.