Kuria East goes to Jubilee again
Marwa Masoiri Kitayama of Jubilee Party is the new MP elect for Kuria East Constituency.
Kitayama’s victory gives Jubilee Party two Members of Parliament in Migori County after Kuria West Member of Parliament Mathias Robi retained his seat beating Migori Senator Wilfred Machage by 5,309 votes in tightly contested race.
Kitayama garnered 15,632 votes eclipsing his close competitor Wilson Maroa of ANC who gained 7,499 votes. Rahab Robi of Orange Democratic Movement candidate came distant third with 1643 votes.
During Presidential campaigns in Kuria, elders and leaders vowed to deliver over ninety percent Presidential votes to Jubilee Party.
Creation of Kegonga and Mabera Sub Counties in Kuria East and West were part of the goodies President Kenyatta pledged to give Kuria community.
Sub County Returning officer Joel Omae Okiabera thanked all the candidates for being calm during the entire election process. Kitayama takes over from Shadrack Manga of KANU who declined to defend his seat.
Locals believe that Kitayama candidature succeeded when Manga declined to defend his seat but decided to endorse him.
Kuria East Deputy County Commissioner Wesley Koech thanked all the contestants for remaining sober throughout the election process.
Robi’s Mathias and Kitayama’s victory in Kuria West and Kuria East respectively is a big win for Jubilee in Migori County previously perceived as NASA stronghold.
There are more than eighty thousand registered voters in the two Kuria Sub Counties.
By Geoffrey Satia