Nyenze's widow emerges victorious

Nyenze's widow had been endorsed by several Kitui leaders including Governor Charity Ngilu.

In the results announced by constituency returning officer Francis Kivindu, Mrs Nyenze garnered 13,388 votes against her main rival Kitili Maluki who got 2,663 votes.

Rivalry

Maluki is the is the son of former MP Nyiva Mwendwa, the first Kenyan woman to serve as a Cabinet minister.

According to returning officer Kivindu, a total of 52,000 registered voters took part in the exercise representing 31 percent of the total registered voters in the constituency.

The win all but guarantees a safe passage for Mrs Nyenze to take over the seat held by her late husband who passed away last month while receiving treatment at the Nairobi Hospital.

Endorsements

Her candidature for the seat was drummed up as early as the day her late husband was buried with several leaders including Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu endorsing her for the position.

However, five out of six members of the Kitui County Assembly from Kitui West Constituency had endorsed Maluki for the seat.

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