Deputy President William Ruto has congratulated ODM Party’s
Imran Okoth on his victory in the Kibra by-election held on Thursday, November
Okoth defeated his closest challenger, McDonald Mariga, who
flew the Jubilee Party flag in the mini-poll. Okoth amassed 24, 636 votes
against Mariga’s 11, 230. ANC’s Eliud Owalo came third with 5, 275 votes,
whereas Ford Kenya’s Khamisi Butichi wrapped up the Top Four with 260 votes.
The contest attracted 24 competitors.
And following the election outcome, DP Ruto, who rooted for
Mariga in the Ken Okoth succession race, says “congratulations” to Imran, but
observes that Jubilee Party has made significant inroads in Kibra, a
constituency deemed to be the heartland of ODM leader Raila Odinga.
“Pongezi Benard Okoth for Kibra. Congrats Mariga, Team
Jubilee & supporters for daring the so called ‘bedroom’, braving the
chaos/violence, to double our vote from 12%(2017) to 26% now. Our competitors
came down 78% (2017) to 52%. They retained the seat we have served notice,”
said Ruto on his Twitter page on Friday, November 8.
“Kibra you are amazing! In spite of questionable reinforcements,
the con-handshake candidate narrative, the violence/ intimidation, you went
past the gate, the door & voted Jubilee a third of ‘bedroom’. You have
changed the politics of, not just Kibra but Kenya. We are indebted,” added the
DP Ruto’s remarks came hours after Mariga called Imran Okoth
to concede defeat.
The ex-footballer said he was ready to work with the
MP-elect to improve the welfare of Kibra constituents.
Kibra parliamentary seat fell vacant on July 26 following
the death of the then-holder, Ken Okoth, who succumbed to cancer.