Edith Vethi, widow to former Kitui West MP Francis Nyenze is now basking in limelight after she was declared the winner in Monday’s by-election.
Mrs. Nyenze, vying on a Wiper Democratic Party ticket, trounced her
four opponents to clinch the seat after garnering 14, 372 (72.67 percent) votes despite the low voter turnout that characterised the mini poll.
Her closest rival and independent candidate Dennis Mulwa managed 2, 046 votes out of the total 19, 776 ballots cast.
Narc-Kenya’s Robert Mutiso Lelli came third with 1, 784 votes followed by Frida Nyiva Mutui (Kenya National Congress) with 1, 075 votes while Elijah Kilonzi of CCU came a distant last with only 499 votes.
According to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), only 38 percent of the 52, 042 registered voters in the constituency turned up to cast their ballots in the race to succeed Mr. Nyenze.
Kitui West IEBC Returning Officer James Mbai attributed the voter apathy to heavy downpour that pounded most parts of Kitui County on Sunday night causing serious transport challenges.
The late Nyenze, who was the immediate former Leader of Minority in the National Assembly, succumbed to colon cancer in December 2017, barely five months after his re-election in the August 8th general polls.
Addressing the press after receiving her election certificate, Mrs. Nyenze vowed to serve her electorate with zeal and dedication.
I thank the people of Kitui West for expressing their faith in me through their votes. I promise to continue with my late husband’s development agenda, she added.
Source: Kenya News Agency