Deputy President William Ruto remained adamant that he would ultimately clinch the Kibra parliamentary seat in 2022 following a significant loss by his party candidate McDonald Mariga.
Ruto spoke a few hours after the IEBC declared ODM’s Bernard Imran Okoth as Kibra MP-elect.
The DP appeared to console the Jubilee party supporters, appearing to blame violence for Mariga’s poor performance, and at the same time insisting it was a good result.
“Pongezi Benard Okoth for Kibra. Congrats Mariga, Team Jubilee & supporters for daring the so called 'bedroom', braving the chaos/violence, to double our vote from 12%(2017) to 26% now. Our competitors came down 78% (2017) to 52%. They retained the seat we have served notice,” Ruto tweeted.
A fact-check by Pulse Live Kenya found the DP made a small factual error to explain the Kibra figures.
Okoth garnered 24,636 out of the 41,984 votes cast – which translates to 58 percent and not 52 percent as the DP claimed.
The reduction in ODM share of the votes did not necessarily mean a gain for Jubilee as one of the candidates - Eliud Owalo vied on a NASA coalition partner, ANC. Owalo had 5275 votes (12.5 percent of the votes cast).
The number of votes garnered by Jubilee did not change much as it moved from 10,700 votes in 2017 to 11,280 votes in the by-election.
In 2013, the Jubilee coalition’s candidate, on a TNA ticket, garnered 12,000 votes in the same constituency.