They have emerged from the election season as the biggest winners of the 2017 General Elections. And you can check them out below:
6 of the biggest surprise winners in 2017 Elections (Photos)
Not many saw their landslide victories coming...
1. Anne Waiguru- Kirinyaga Governor
The former Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Devolution and Planning was involved in a corruption scandal in her ministry that led to the loss of 23 billion Kshs according to a report by the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
But despite an attempt to bar her from holding public office and a HUGE corruption scandal , Anne Mumbi Waiguru garnered 159,606 votes leading against seasoned politician Martha Karua. A lady who many thought would be sure win over Waiguru given that Waiguru is a rookie and Martha is a veteran in the game.
2. Dr Swarup Ranjan Mishra- Uasin Gishu’s first Indian in Parliament
Dr Swarup aka Kiprop Arap Chelule became the first non-Kalenjin to be elected to Parliament in Uasin Gishu County. The new member of Parliament, Kesses constituency enjoyed a landslide victory after garnering 42,952 (89.92%) votes against KANU’s candidate, Cornelius Kipkorir who only got 2618 votes (5.48%).
3. John Paul Mwirigi- Igembe South
Most politicians in Parliament and the Senate are well over their 40s but John Paul Mwirigi proved that the young Turks can lead too even without campaign money.
This 24-year-old campaigned on foot as he couldn't afford campaign vehicles and went door to door asking for votes. Touched by his humility and belief that he can help them Igembe South constituents gave him 18, 867 votes against fierce rival Rufus Miriti of Jubilee who garnered 15, 411 votes. He even beat seasoned politician Mwenda Mzalendo who garnered 7,695 votes.
4. Hon Sophia Abdi Noor- Ijara MP
Hon. Sophia Abdi was declared the FIRST Somali female Member of Parliament after garnering 6,001 votes against her cutthroat rival Hon Ahmed Ibrahim who polled 5,705 votes in Ijara constituency.
Following the election of Sophia Abdi Noor, many women in the Somali community believe that she will turn the tide in the Somali community as a win for Sophia is a win for all Somali women.
5. Joyce Laboso- Bomet County Governor
Many had their doubts after Sotik MP Joyce Laboso said she would win the Bomet governorship and make history as one of the first female governors.
But she proved the doubting Thomas’s wrong after handing a crushing defeat to NASA’s Isaac Ruto who had been given a plush position in NASA due to his importance in Rift Valley politics.
The former Bomet county governor garnered 77,537 votes which paled in comparison to Laboso’s 160,869 votes.
Also Read: 7 things you didn't know about Joyce Laboso
6. Fatuma Dullo- Isiolo’s first elected women senator
Dullo joined the Senate in 2013 through a nomination by the United Republican Party (URP).
This year the Isiolo Iron Lady got into the Senate by an elective process after beating fierce rivals Hussein Halake Roba and Mohammed Libani Anna.
She is among the first elected women Senators with the other two being Nakuru County’s Susan Kihika and Uasin Gichu’s Margaret Kamar.
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