Even as patience appeared to be wearing thin among Kenyans as they awaited the presidential election results to be announced by the Independent Electoral amnd Boundaries Commision (IEBC), Deputy President William Ruto who is running for president, seemed set to control the Senate after bagging a majority of the seats across the country in the just concluded election, whose tallying of the presidential results is underway.
His Kenya Kwanza Alliance (KKA) has gotten 24 senators compared to 23 of Azimio La Umoja One Kenya under the stewardship of Raila Odinga.
Ruto’s party United Democratic Alliance (UDA) has bagged the seats majorly from President Uhuru Kenyatta’s political bastion of Mt Kenya and Dr Ruto’s backyard of Rift Valley.
Kenya Kwanza has also gotten one senate each from Kakamega, Marsabit and Tana River Counties.
“It is now official; Kenya Kwanza controls the Senate. Thank you Kenyans for the trust,” Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen posted on his Twitter handle.
This number is lower than what Jubilee had after the 2017 General Election when it claimed 27 out of 47 available seats but Kenya Kwanza might get more nominated senator slots, based on its performance in this election.
Unlike in the previous election, Mr Odinga’s side has increased its Senate numbers by two. It had 20 legislators in the last Parliament.
Before the election, Dr Ruto had exuded confidence that he will control both the National Assembly and the Senate whether or not he wins the presidency.
UDA had 38 candidates for the 47 Senate seats and 43 candidates seeking county Woman Rep positions.
UDA fielded 261 National Assembly candidates out of 290 constituencies countrywide, complemented by addition of candidates fielded by affiliate parties under the Kenya Kwanza Alliance.
Dr Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza allies, Musalia Mudavadi of Amani National Congress (ANC) and Moses Wetang’ula of Ford Kenya, had respectively sponsored 71 and 34 candidates for National Assembly.