By Shadrack Nyakoe
A number of influential officialps and members of deputy president William Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Party have lost in the party primaries held yesterday in various parts of the nation.
The high muck a muck who lost in the nominations include nominated senator for persons living with disabilities Isaac Mwaura who was contesting for Ruiru Constituency MP.
The incumbent MP Simon King’ara won the ticket with 4,688 votes beating his closest opponent Mwaura at 2,428.
Mwaura dismissed the entire electoral process as shambolic claiming it was marred by major irregularities including alleged voter bribery, delayed delivery of materials and expulsion of his agents from stations where tallying was being done.
“We will file a formal complaint to the party because what happened in Ruiru was not an election. It was all shambolic and the evidence we have is very clear. We want UDA to declare the exercise null and void and allow Ruiru people to engage in a free and fair electoral process,” he said.
Another big loser is nominated MP Wilson Sossion who was vying for Bomet Senator’s seat.
Sossion who is also the former Kenya National Union of Teachers secretary alleges massive malpractices and open rigging.
“This sad event occurred at midnight and I reported to the Silipwet police station, and I confirm that police were able to impound ballot papers and ballot papers that were being transported to an unknown and unsecure destination,” Sossion said.
Laikipia Woman Representative Cate Waruguru has lost the bid to run for Laikipia East MP seat on UDA.
She was defeated by Amin Deddy who got 12,743 votes. Waruguru got 5,595 votes while Anthony Mutahi came third with 2,701 votes.
Other losers include Uasin Gishu county Governor Joshua Mandago, former Energy CS Charles Keter, Ruto’s ardent supporter Soi MP Caleb Kositany and diehard artist Charles Jaguar.