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George Koimburi wins Juja Parliamentary by-election

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has declared George Koimburi Ndungu of Peoples Empowerment Party (PEP) the winner for the Juja Parliamentary by-election.

Koimburi who vied for the Juja Constituency Parliamentary seat on Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria’s Peoples Empowerment Party (PEP) has won the chaotic mini poll with 12,159 votes beating the other 10 candidates to clinch the seat.

The Jubilee Party’s Susan Njeri Waititu came second with 5,746 votes, followed by independent candidate Joseph Gichui with 1,356 votes in the hotly contested by-election in Kiambu County.

Chaos erupted during the vote tallying at Mang’u High School after Jubilee party candidate Njeri, the widow of the late area MP Francis Waititu Wakapee claimed electoral malpractices.

“I’m calling for votes counting because this is really sad, especially for a woman being unfairly treated. Some votes were left in Jomo Kenyatta and some in Gachororo. If anything, we are calling for another by-election,” Njeri said.

The IEBC had on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 night suspended tallying after chaos erupted when Koimburi took an early lead.

The IEBC blamed Kiambu governor James Nyoro for the disruption noting acts of hooliganism had made it impossible for its officials to continue with the count.

Kiambu County Governor James Nyoro was caught on camera abusing IEBC officials at tallying center.

“We have been very quiet, but we are here. Every vote counts! We want to be told who lost our votes in the field,” he said, adding he would only accept the defeat “over his dead body,” Nyoro stated.

The drama became intense at the tallying center forcing the electoral body to halt the tallying.

“At around 10:20 pm, there was disruption of the tallying process at Mang’u High School polling centre in Juja constituency by a group of individuals led by Kiambu governor James Nyoro. These acts of hooliganism made it impossible for the tallying process to proceed,” IEBC stated.

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