Amos Kimunya, the majority leader in the National Assembly, Kanini Kega, Jeremiah Kioni, Naomi Shaban and other close friends of President Uhuru Kenyatta joined other losing lawmakers in admitting defeat during the General Election on Tuesday.
Mr. Kimunya (Kipipiri ), Mr. Kioni (Ndaragwa), Mr. Kega (Kieni), and Dr. Shaban (Taveta) claimed that their rivals had established unstoppable leads in the National Assembly elections despite the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) having yet to issue formal declarations.
“The people made their decision, which was different from our expectation. In a democracy, the will of the people prevails, and therefore, I and Team Kimunya will respect their choices. We extend our congratulations to the winners,” Mr Kimunya stated.
Only Kanini Kega was returned to office in 2017 on a Jubilee ticket while the others elected alongside him in 2013 were denied the second time .
Mr. Kega, who was running for a third term, was unlucky because Njoroge Wainana on a UDA ticket had a significant advantage when the ballots were tabulated.
Mr.Kioni lost to UDA candidate George Gachagua, falling victim to a UDA surge that swept the Mt. Kenya counties once dominated by President Kenyatta.
“I accept the results with honour and contentment. Congratulations to the incoming MP Hon George Gachagua,” Mr Kioni stated.
Senator Charles Kibiru, who ran for Kirinyaga gubernatorial seat on the Jubilee ticket also conceded the election and expressed satisfaction.
Sen. Ephraim Maina vying for Nyeri gubernatorial seat and Nyeri Town Member of Parliament Ngunjiri Wambugu, who is a strong supporter of the ruling party, are said to be lagging behind their UDA opponents.