Jubilee Candidate Kevin Ochieng Wins Kahawa Wendani Seat

Jubilee Party candidate Kevin Ochieng has won the Kahawa Wendani seat stumping the ruling party’s authority in Kiambu politics.

Ochieng clinched the seat after garnering 823 votes against his closest challenger Bernard Kariuki of PEP with 641 votes.

He was picked by Jubilee party to replace his elder brother, Cyrus Omondi, who held the seat before he died in India.

The hotly contested by-election that saw two governors campaign for different candidates.

There was heavy police presence around various parts of Kahawa Wendani on Tuesday, December 15 as residents cast ballots.

Officers from the GSU and the regular police were on standby manning the various shopping centres.

The mini-poll saw a low voter turnout with only 2006 total votes.

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Jubilee Party Headquarters Along Thika Road. [Courtesy]
 The polling stations were closed by 6pm.

Some of the reasons cited for the low turnout included the fact that the majority of Wendani residents are students who had to attend classes while others are low-income earners, who had to go to work.

Jubilee Party fielded Kevin Ochieng, the brother of the late Omondi who was touted as the front runner based on the spirited campaign he staged in the chase for the votes.

The by-election attracted a total of 15 candidates who were battling for the ward’s 16,000 votes.

They include Hellen Kiragu (Independent, Rose Karimi (PNU), Brian Simiyu (PDU), Derrick Mbugua (Wiper), Erick Ouma (TND).

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