The biggest winners and losers in Kenya's elections

A look at how new entrants and incumbents fared in Kenya's just-concluded general elections

New crop of women leaders, new entrants, comeback by veterans and incumbents fending off stiff competition captured Kenya's tightly contested elections.

And while some incumbent leaders managed to retain their seats, Business Insider SSA takes a look at the biggest winners and losers in the gubernatorial and senatorial seats:


  • Mike Sonko (Jubilee party) vs Evans Kidero (Orange Democratic Movement-ODM)

Mike Sonko trounced his main rival for the Nairobi gubernatorial seat after he garnered 832,397 votes compared to Kidero’s 667, 248. The latter has since rejected the results.

  • Joyce Laboso (Jubilee) vs Isaac Ruto (Chama Cha Mapinduzi Party)

Jubilee’s Joyce Laboso trounced Rutto to become Bomet Governor-elect after commanding a lead of 175,932 votes (67.2%) compared to the incumbent’s 85,893 votes (32.8%).

  • Ferdinard Waititu (Jubilee) vs William Kabogo (Independent Candidate)

Another hotly contested seat in Kiambu County where Waititu won the governor’s seat and Kabogo conceded defeat. Waititu won by an unassailable lead of 743063 votes (78.16%) against Kabogo’s 199,804(21.02%).

  • Jackson Mandago (Jubilee) vs Bundotich Zedekiah Kiprotich ‘Buzeki’(Independent Candidate)

It was arguably the toughest battle of Kenya’s North Rift area. Jubilee’s Mandago amassed 188,471 votes against Buzeki’s 141,009 votes to see him win the race for the Uasin Gishu gubernatorial seat.

  • Alfred Mutua (Maendeleo Chap Chap) vs Wavinya Ndeti (Wiper Democratic Movement party)

The battle for the hotly-contested Machakos seat saw Alfred Mutua emerge as the winner with 243,157 votes (53.24%) while Wavinya trailed with 203294(44.52%).

  • Kiraitu Murungi (Jubilee) vs Peter Munya (Party of National Unity)

Peter Munya, former Chair of Council of Governors, lost the seat to Kiraitu Murungi after getting 228108 votes against Kiraitu’s 276949 votes. Mr Munya has however vowed to go to court to challenge the results.

  • Ann Waiguru (Jubilee) vs Martha Karua (Narc Kenya)

The two former Cabinet ministers went head-to-head in the race for Kirinyaga gubernatorial seat but it is Waiguru who eventually got the win with 159606 votes (54.09%) with Karua garnering 120,341 votes (40.78%).

  • Jack Ranguma (Independent Candidate) vs Anyang’ Nyongo(ODM)

Anyang’ Nyongo, the father of Hollywood actress Lupita Ny’ongo, is poised to be Kisumu County’s next governor after garnering 263,520 votes compared to the incumbent’s 149,986 votes.

  • Sospeter Ojamong (ODM) vs Paul Otuoma(Independent Candidate)

At 49.5%, ODM’s Sospeter Ojamong will retain his seat as Busia Governor as he got 134,662 votes while his opponent Mr. Otuoma lost after getting 123,359 votes.

  • David ole Nkedianye (ODM) vs Joseph Ole Lenku (Jubilee)

In Kajiado County, Lenku was set to dislodge Governor David Nkedianye as he had polled 166,175 votes against the governor’s 136,590 with 748 of the 797 polling stations reporting.


  • Susan Kihika (Jubilee) vs Samwel Omondi (ODM)

Kihika’s commanding lead of 647,822 votes against her opponent’s 55,800 votes will see her become Nakuru County’s next Senator.

  • Johnson Sakaja (Jubilee) vs Edwin Sifuna (ODM)

Sakaja trounced Sifuna after garnering 806,056 votes against the opponent’s 670,432 with 3,269 out of 3378 polling stations reporting.

  • Margaret Kamar (Jubilee) vs Robert Kemei (Independent Candidate)

Kamar looks to become Uasin Gishu’s second senator after trouncing her opponent by 223,273 votes (67.39%).

  • Irungu Kang’ata (Jubilee) vs Kembi Gitura (Independent Candidate)

The battle for Muranga’s senatorial seat was a two-horse race between the youth represented by Mr. Kang’ata and the old by incumbent Kembi Gitura. The former however won with 279,000 votes against the latter’s 227,268 with nearly all polling stations reporting.

*The data provided is from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission(IEBC) portal as of Thursday afternoon.


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