Muguga Ward by-election candidate Kamau Thumbi has conceded defeat.
Thumbi who run on an UDA ticket lost to Jubilee’s Joseph Githinji by only 27 votes. He garnered 4,062 votes against the winner’s 4,089.
“My good friends and family, I take this opportunity to thank each one of you for the great unwavering support you have bestowed on me during the just ended Muguga ward by-elections,” he said in a statement released by UDA publicist Dennis Itumbi. “In every competition, there must be a winner. This was not my time so I take this opportunity to congratulate the winner and wish him well. I will never forget your love and dedication to the cause. May we live to fight another time. God bless you and do you favour always.”
The hotly-contested July 15 by-elections also saw voters in neighbouring Kiambaa constituency troop in to the polling stations to elect their MP. There, UDA’s John Wanjiku is leading in 153 out of 154 stations. He has 21,606 votes against Kariri Njama’s 21,606. Njama is the Jubilee candidate.