Taita Taveta Governor John Mruttu has lost the ODM Party nomination.
John Mruttu becomes the first sitting governor seeking re-election to lose in the ongoing party nominations. He lost to National Assembly minority whip Thomas Mwadeghu.
MP Mwadeghu got 18,421 votes against Gov. Mruttu’s 15,911 to clinch the party’s ticket in the coastal county.
Mruttu lost in Wundanyi with 3,628 votes to Mwadeghu’s 4,417. In Mwatate, Mruttu polled 3,221 votes while Mwadeghu got 8,626. The Governor also lost in Voi, garnering 3,950 votes to Mwadeghu’s 4,197.
The sequence of losses did not continue to Taveta where Mwadeghu got 1,181 votes with the governor being backed by 5,112 votes.
Following the revelation of defeat, Governor John Mruttu has swiftly moved to call for a repeat of the exercise in five polling stations. He called the voting process there unsatisfactory.
The stations include Challa, Jipe and Mahandakini Primary Schools, St. Joseph Kivukoni and Orkung polling stations. He cites the late delivery of materials to the stations as well as the heavy rainfall which disrupted voters from going out as the reason for his defeat.
Thomas Mwadeghu, on the other hand, celebrated his victory saying:
“Nimemshinda na tunahimiza election board itoe matokeo ya Mwatate haraka kwa maana hiyo ndio inaleta shida.”
Following Mruttu’s call for a repeat of the primaries, Anderson Mwaluma, the county’s elections board chair has come out to dash his hopes. He said the primaries will not be repeated unless directed by the party’s National Elections Board chair, Judith Pareno.
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