Here Come The Whining Sore Losers of The 2013 General Elections!

Former transport minister Amos Kimunya during a road transport stakeholders meeting on November 12, 2012. NATION MEDIA GROUP

Kimunya writes to ‘thankless lot’

Transport minister Amos Kimunya lost to a newcomer and immediately wrote to his constituents accusing them of being unappreciative of his good work.

Mr Kimunya, who has held the Kipipiri parliamentary seat for 10 years, was defeated by Nairobi lawyer Samuel Kamunye Gichigi.

The minister was handed the TNA ticket after a controversial nomination. The results were not announced after Mr Gichigi complained of irregularities.

The lawyer managed to secure an APK ticket to fight for the seat. He garnered 18,972 votes against Mr Kimunya’s 16,689.

In an unprecedented move, Mr Kimunya wrote to the people of Kipipiri accusing them of not appreciating his development record and left it with an official of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.

Returning officer Acenia Njoroge read the letter to the people after announcing the results.

The letter read in part: “I am very disappointed that the people of Kipipiri did not appreciate my development record.”

Mr Kimunya has been part of the key team in outgoing President Kibaki’s regime having served as Finance minister during his first term. He quit the docket after Parliament accused him of misleading Kenyans on the sale of the Grand Regency Hotel.

Mr Gichigi had campaigned for the minister in previous elections before the two fell out.

The new MP said he cut ties with the minister after realising that he was not development oriented and was out of touch with the local people.

“I supported him (Mr Kimunya) in 2007 because I wanted our constituency to retain the Finance docket. I hoped that with the docket, Mr Kimunya would be able to steer the development agenda. However, that never happened and today, 75 per cent of Kipipiri does not have access to piped water,” said Mr Gichigi.

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  1. It’s life in the cold for former big shots

    Jubilee Alliance member Charity Ngilu shares a brief word with an elections observer at the National Elections Centre on March 5, 2013, a day after the General Election. She is hoping to land a State job after she was beaten in the Kitui Senate race and failed to be nominated. Photo/FILE NATION MEDIA GROUP

    Top politicians who lost in the March 4 General Election have for the first time come out to speak about their hopes and fears after failing to secure nomination to the National Assembly and Senate.

    In separate interviews with Saturday Nation, the politicians offered a mixed assessment of their expectations of life outside Parliament, ranging from guarded optimism that they can still land jobs in government, uncertainty about what the future holds for them to utter resignation.

    Among those who did not make the cut for nomination to Parliament and Senate from the Jubilee coalition are Mrs Charity Ngilu, Mr Najib Balala, Mr Chirau Mwakwere, Mr Amos Kimunya, Mr Njeru Githae, Ms Linah Kilimo, Mr Ekwe Ethuro, Mr Danson Mungatana and Mr Kiema Kilonzo.

    Similar fate

    Those who suffered a similar fate in Cord alliance include Mr Henry Kosgey, Dr Sally Kosgei, Mr Franklin Bett, Mr Noah Wekesa, Mr Musa Sirma, Ms Margaret Wanjiru, Mr Alfred Khangati and Mr Ramadhan Kajembe.

    Mrs Ngilu and Mr Balala, prominent members of Jubilee coalition who lost their bids to become the Senators of Kitui and Mombasa counties, respectively, said they were ready to serve the country in other capacity.

    Amani Coalition presidential candidate Musalia Mudavadi who finished third in the disputed presidential election vowed to remain in active politics, strengthening his party ahead of the next General Election.

    “I will concentrate on building the party (UDF) into a vibrant political vehicle. That is my focus for the time being,” he said.

    He denied reports that he was negotiating a deal with Jubilee, which would see him appointed a Cabinet Secretary if the Supreme Court upholds Mr Kenyatta’s victory.

    “I have not given it a thought, I have not even heard of that,” he said.

    But others like former Kwanza MP Noah Wekesa and Kanu secretary-general Nick Salat refused to concede defeat and vowed to pursue justice in courts.

    Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka, who was Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s running mate in the Cord alliance, said he was waiting for the outcome of the petition challenging Mr Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory before announcing his next move.

    “We will cross that bridge after the ruling by the Supreme Court and the decision will be taken in consultation with the Cord alliance hierarchy,” the VP said through an aide.

    Mrs Ngilu said she was ready to serve the government in any capacity.

    “I’m ready to serve the government in any capacity,” the iron lady of Ukambani politics, who was the Jubilee coalition’s main campaigner in lower Eastern, said.

    She had been earmarked for the position of majority or minority leader in the Senate in the Jubilee coalition power sharing arrangement but this looks unlikely given that she missed out on the list of nominated senators.

    Mr Balala, who was the Jubilee’s point man in Mombasa County and the larger Coast Province alongside Mr Mwakwere, also said he was ready to serve Kenya in any capacity.

    Mr Balala lost his bid to become Mombasa’s first Senator to former human rights activist Hassan Omar, who ran on a Wiper Democratic Movement ticket.

    Asked about his future, Mr Balala left his options open.

    “I am still politically ambitious as everybody should be. I am aiming for a higher national position. Losing (the election) is not the end of life, life must go on. I am still young and ready to serve in any capacity or position in Mombasa, in Nairobi or even globally. The doors are wide open,” he said.

    “If my people have said it’s not you Balala this time round, so be it. But I am sure if I get a bigger position (nationally), I will be able to serve my people better. I am, as I have always been, at the service of my countrymen and my people of Mombasa.”

    Another Jubilee bigwig in Ukambani, Mr Kiema Kilonzo, who lost his bid to become Kitui county’s first governor, was non-committal when contacted. “Watch this space,” he said.

    For former Imenti Central MP Gitobu Imanyara, who stuck his neck out for the Cord coalition and Mr Odinga in Meru County against a strong Jubilee wave, it is time to call it quits.

    “I’ve gone back to legal practice. I conceded defeat and do not wish to pursue the matter in court,” said Mr Imanyara, who lost the Meru senatorial seat to former Energy Minister Kiraitu Murungi.

    Mr Mungatana, who also lost his bid to become the first Governor of Tana River County, was cagey about his next move.

    Headed to the courts

    “I don’t want media publicity any more. I want to do my things quietly. I am working on certain things and if all goes well, I will be OK. I hear some people have slaughtered cows to celebrate Mungatana’s loss but that does not bother me. Things will be fine for me,” he said.

    Dr Wekesa, the former Kwanza MP, and Mr Salat said they were headed to the courts for justice.

    “Elections in Trans Nzoia were marred by corruption, they were not free and fair. I’m considering petitioning. My lawyers are still looking at the evidence that we have after which I will go to court,” said Dr Wekesa.

    Mr Salat has also gone to the High Court in Kericho to challenge the election of Prof Wilfred Lesan as the Bomet Senator.

    Former nominated MP Musikari Kombo who lost his bid to become Bungoma senator to Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetang’ula was also coy about his future.

    “I will look after my grandchildren, just write that I’ve said so,” he said.

    Former Kipipiri MP Kimunya said he was considering various options both locally and internationally.

    “I offered myself to serve President Kibaki for ten years, which I have done very well. I have also served the people of Kipipiri for 10 years and I was ready to continue serving them but they chose somebody else, through fraud of course,”he said.

    “I am a professional and I have received offers, both locally and internationally from people who believe in my capacity and I am still weighing those options.”

    Nation could not reach former Saboti MP Eugene Wamalwa and former Ndia MP Njeru Githae but in previous interviews, the two have left their options open.

    Mr Wamalwa said last week that he is not interested in the National Assembly Speaker’s position but was ready to serve this country in any other capacity.

    “I have not applied for that position and I have not declared my candidature, and neither will I be seeking it,” he said.

    And speaking after The National Alliance (TNA) nominations, Mr Githae was cagey on his future only stating; “There are so many things that one can do… that experience can be channelled to the private sector.”

    He said he had lost the battle for Kirinyaga governor to former Foreign Affairs ministry official Joseph Ndathi because he spent most of his time addressing national issues instead of campaigning.


  2. Magara rejects Kisii senate result

    Updated 6 hrs 24 mins ago
    By Kenan Miruka

    Kisii, Kenya: PDP leader Omingo Magara has rejected the Kisii County Senate results as declared on Wednesday afternoon claiming they were doctored and manipulated.

    Public Works Minister Chris Obure of ODM was declared winner in the race garnering 120,351 votes beating his political nemesis in Gusiiland, Foreign Affairs minister Prof. Sam Ongeri who polled 106,325 votes with Magara coming in third with 100,754 votes.

    Addressing the press at his Nyangena home in Kisii town, Magara who was flanked by his party’s Migori County Women Representative candidate Fatma Mohammed said IEBC staff had behaved in funny ways that created suspicion.

    “Why would tallying take two and a half days after the close of polling? While I am not afraid of losing, I would only accept defeat in a fair process. This is a sad day for the people of this county who demonstrated great faith in me. Each of us (Ongeri, Obure and Magara) got about one third of the total votes cast showing but some people still rely on the old methods to win elections,” said Magara.

    He lamented that despite the billions of shillings spent in procuring electronic voting kits, the election process could be manipulated because the machines failed to work.

    “I am contemplating seeking legal redress after consulting my lawyers. In a fortnight, I will make my decision known,” he added.

    Fatma who lost in the Migori Women Representative post termed the election in Migori a farce claiming the total votes cast for women representatives was less than the total of votes cast for governors.


  3. Mwakwere agent arrested as he alleges foul play in tallying

    Updated 3 hrs 44 mins ago
    By Tobias Chanji and Patrick Beja

    A poll agent for the Environment Minister Chirau Ali Mwakwere was arrested after he threatened poll officials and attempted to stop the tallying.

    This is after disputes arose over a polling station at the Kwale County tallying centre.

    Mwamlole Chappu Mbwana, a relative of the minister and his brother Salim Chappu alleged irregularities.

    “The ballot boxes were tampered with and should be rejected by the constituency tallying officials,” Mbwana said.

    He threatened to disrupt the exercise prompting the Kwale OCPD Richard Muguai to order his arrest. Muguai said he would be charged with hate speech.

    Police thwarted the duo’s attempt to speak with Matuga constituency returning officer Hellen Sidi, as they complained about the inclusion of 506 votes from Vuga station in the final senatorial tally.

    Minutes later minister’s young brother Dr Mwamlole Warraka arrived to convey Mwakwere’s plea to exclude ballots from Vuga.

    “I have been sent by the minister to convey the message that it is wrong to put the votes from Vuga in the main tally. The ballots from there should be totally rejected because it was clear there were underhand dealings in their handling,” he said.

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  4. ODM wins in Coast as poll losers protest


    Orange Democratic Party emerged as the biggest winner in Coast, clinching numerous key positions in the General Election.

    Among the top winners was Mr John Mrutu, who was on Wednesday declared the new Taita Taveta governor. He defeated former Central Bank of Kenya deputy governor Jacinta Mwatela in a hotly contested election.

    Mr Mrutu won 34,290 votes against Wiper Democratic Party candidate Mrs Mwatela’s 32,890. The former banker came ahead of Mr Wisdom Mwamburi of URP who got 7,714 votes.

    Former permanent secretary Mwanyengela Ngali of Narc Kenya got 6,784. County returning officer Kalimbo Beja rejected claims by Mrs Mwatela that figures had been changed after they were made public at the constituency tallying centres.

    Mr Abdulswamad Nassir of ODM also won, becoming the new Mvita Member of the National Assembly. He beat six other candidates after he garnered 34,491 votes.

    The returning officer in the constituency, Mr Frank Mwalenga, announced the results yesterday around 1pm, declaring the son of former Cabinet minister Shariff Nassir winner.

    Others in the race included former nominated MP Sheikh Mohammed Dor.

    Romped to victory

    Former MP Mwalimu Masoud Mwahima, also of ODM, romped to victory after a landslide victory against other six challengers for the member of National Assembly seat.

    Mr Mwahima garnered 18,258 votes to successfully defend his seat.

    He promised to serve all those living in Likoni irrespective of whether they voted for him or not.

    His closest challenger, former Heritage Minister Suleiman Shakombo (URP) came a distant second with 7,009 votes, followed by a newcomer, Mr Bernard Odhiambo of Tip, who got 3,325 votes.

    Other were Khamis Ali Domoko (CCU) 2,544, Mfaume Bakari (TNA) 1,452, Jackie Bwire (WDM-K) with 909 and Patrick Mugalla (ND) who got 500.

    In Kisauni, Mr Rashid Bedzimba won parliamentary seat after garnering 26,539 of the 52,135 votes cast.

    Mr Fahad Kasim was second with 8,617 votes, followed by Mr Abdalla Said who got 5,292.

    While the second and third candidates were newcomers in the race, former area MP Ananiah Mwaboza came a distant fourth with 4,671 votes.

    Meanwhile, aggrieved candidates for various elective positions in Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale counties have accused the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) of ineptitude in the just-concluded voting.


    The candidates, led by Republican Congress party boss Najib Balala and Mr Suleiman Shahbal claimed IEBC had been compromised.

    They would be demanding that a fresh election be conducted in the three counties as they could not accept the results.

    Mr Shahbal, who was vying for the Mombasa County governor’s post on a Wiper Democratic Movement ticket, said he and other aggrieved candidates would take legal action to prevent the electoral commission from accepting the final results from constituencies in the three counties.

    “We are drawing a complaint and demanding that fresh election be conducted,” he said at the Royal Castle hotel in Mombasa.

    The two, accompanied by their supporters and other aspirants, accused the commission of doctoring results in the three counties to favour a certain political party, and increase the votes for the presidential candidate. However, they did not elaborate or provide documentary evidence to support their claims.

    Mr Shahbal said that some IEBC officials and some party agents had colluded to tilt the elections in some polling stations and later submitted erroneous results to the constituency tallying centres.

    “There was also an incident that occurred at a tallying centre where stolen ballot boxes were sneaked into the centre and nothing has been done about it,” Mr Shabal said and claimed that some of his agents had been intimidated during the voting.

    Manual system

    Mr Balala, a senate candidate said the poll was marred by malpractices that included voter bribery, intimidation, manipulation of votes and malfunctioning of the electronic system which forced polling clerks to use the manual system of voter identification.

    He also complained that there were several cases of ballots exceeding registered voters in some polling stations.

    “There are bigger forces especially in Mombasa County who are bent on patronising anyone and everybody including tampering with the elections for their individual interests,” he said.

    Reported by Eunice Machuhi, Mwakera Mwajefa and Gitonga Marete


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