Wiper candidate in Kitise/Kithuki by-election has floored his opponent Joseph Kioko alias Think Tower of Muungano party by garnering 3,892 votes while Kioko garnered 878 votes in an election that was peaceful but with a low voter turn out.
Jacinta Wanza of the new democrats’ party garnered 553 votes, Paul Musembi garnered 370 votes, Francis Mutunga 119, Stephen Kilonzo 19 votes, and Daniel Nyamai Mbwika 5 votes.
5,836 voters turned out in the polls out of the registered 10,380 in the 31 polling stations.
The Kitise/Kithuki by-election was seen as a contest between Kalonzo and Kibwana. Muungano candidate Joseph Kioko was arrested a day to the election for contravening curfew rules and appeared to vote while on crutches.
Makueni Governor Prof. Kivutha Kibwana had decried what he termed as police bias against his candidate.
Last week, a section of Makueni Wiper MCAs cautioned Makueni county employees who are being involved in the campaigns of the Muungano candidate in the Kitise/Kithuki ward by-election Joseph Kioko.
Kalonzo while campaigning in the area Last weekend said the Kitise/Kithuki and Machakos By-elections were big traps for him. He asked locals not to bite his hand but support him so that it does not affect his negotiating power nationally.
The Kitise/Kithuki MCA Seat fell vacant after Kevin Mutuku resigned in November 2020 and became the clerk of Makueni County Assembly.