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Wetangula's candidate trounces Ruto man in Bungoma senatorial by election

The by-election was held to replace Moses Wetangula who resigned to contest the National Assembly Speaker position

National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula with incoming Bungoma Senator Wafula Wakoli

President William Ruto’s candidate in the Bungoma Senatorial by-election Mwambu Mabonga has lost to Ford Kenya’s Wafula Wakoli.

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Ruto’s UDA party had fronted Mabonga in the by-election which was held on Thursday, December 8.

Wakoli, who enjoyed the support of his predecessor National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula, was declared the senator-elect after garnering 64,009 votes.

Mabonga came second with 45,682 votes while Azimio la Umoja candidate Wafula Wamunyinyi was third with 22,296 votes.

The by-election was held to replace Wetangula who resigned to contest the National Assembly Speaker position, which he won.

He celebrated Wakoli's win on Twitter with a post terming the win as a landslide victory.

Voter turnout was low at the 1,373 polling stations spread throughout the nine constituencies in the by-election

As part of their campaigns, Wetang'ula and Principal Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi had cautiond voters against voting for a candidate from a rival party.

This seat belonged to Ford Kenya and since Mr Wetang’ula resigned to become the Speaker of the National Assembly, it’s only logical that a Ford Kenya candidate deserves to be elected as the senator for Bungoma,” Muadavadi said during one of the campaign rallies.

Ford Kenya and ANC are regarded as the most dominant parties in th region.

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