Amani National Congress (ANC) candidate Peter Nabulindo has won the Matungu parliamentary by-election.
In a hotly contested two-horse race, Nabulindo won the seat after garnering 14,260 votes, representing 60 per cent of the total votes cast.
Orange Democratic Movement’s (ODM) David Were came second with 10,565 votes (30%). Newly-revamped United Democratic Alliance (UDA) candidate Alex Lanya came a distant third with only 5,513 votes.
When the 34, 464 registered voters of Matungu Constituency casted their votes on Thursday, they were not only voting for an MP, but also settling a score.
Matungu was a contest between Raila Odinga (ODM) and Musalia Mudavadi (ANC). There has been an unending debate of who Mulembe nation political kingpin is between the two.
And although the former prime minister is a force to reckon with in Western Kenya, Matungu’s by-election shows that Raila still needs Musalia Mudavadi, if he is to solidify the vote-rich region.
They say any political process must appear civilised, decent, democratic and fair. Yet in 48 Laws of Power, Robert Greene says that “if you play by those rules too strictly, if we take them too literally, we are crushed by those around us who are not so foolish.”
Yes the poll was marred with electoral malpractice. May be other parties might seek legal redress challenging ANC’s win. But until then, Mudavadi and ANC have a right to celebrate this victory.
The Matungu seat fell vacant after the demise of MP Justus Murunga in November 2020.