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ODM Rebels Fall by the Wayside in Coastal Region

August 13, 2017

Four ODM rebels are among legislators who were swept aside by the Orange Wave in Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale counties in the just-concluded election.

They include former ODM Chief Whip Gideon Mung’aro (Kilifi North), Zainab Chidzuga (Kwale Women’s Rep), Masoud Mwahima (Likoni) and Mustafa Idd (Kilifi South) who were rejected by voters at the ballot on Tuesday.Munga’ro, who was Jubilee’s pointman in Coast region, garnered 54 762 votes but failed to oust governor Amason Kingi who retained the seat with 212,217 votes, unable to go against the ODM tide.

Chidzuga lost her Women’s Rep seat to Zuleikha Hassan (ODM) who got 81,929 votes against Jubilee Kilifi governor candidate Gideon Mung’aro leads colleagues in protest after three people were arrested with BVR kits at a Kaloleni hotel.

The exercise was later temporarily suspended her 50,126 votes.In Kilifi South, Mustafa Idd lost to Ken Chonga who got 36,449 votes against his 10,868 while outgoing Mombasa Women’s Rep Mishi Mboko floored veteran politician Mosoud Mwahima after garnering 26,648 against his 14,360 votes.

Mwahima had been a thorn in the flesh of ODM leadership being among party members who were expelled after defecting to Jubilee together with Chidzuga and Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya.Survived.

However, Mvurya and Lunga Lunga MP Khatib Mwashetani survived the wave as Mwashetani got 12,088 votes against his closest rival Murabu Chaka Tsuma (Kanu) who garnered 5, 634 votes while Mvurya got 112,165 votes to defeat former cabinet minister Chirau Mwakwere who got 27,215 votes.

Mwashetani, who was elected to parliament in 2013 on a Ford-Kenya ticket, was expelled from the party and joined Jubilee Party.Mvurya, who was also instrumental in the higher votes that President Uhuru Kenyatta got in the county, could have been propelled by his development record which has seen his popularity rise in the area.

by Murimi mutiga


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