Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has suffered heavy defeat in Taita-Taveta County after Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper Party clinched three out of the four parliamentary seats in what political pundits term as a massive coup against the formerly dominant ODM party.
By Thursday evening, Danson Mwashako had won the Wundanyi parliamentary seat after garnering 16,210 votes. In Taveta constituency, Bwire Okano trounced the long serving Taveta MP Naomi Shaban by getting 18,742 votes. In Voi constituency, Mr. Abdi Chome won after getting 9,418 votes.
Mr. Peter Shake of Jubilee Party won Mwatate Parliamentary after bagging 11,317 votes.
This is the first time the ODM party is missing all MPs seats in a region considered as a stronghold. In 2017, ODM won both Voi and Mwatate constituency seats. In 2013, the Orange party had won in Voi, Mwatate and Wundanyi constituencies.
Mr. Peter Shambi, Wiper Secretary General in the County, said the acceptance of Wiper Party candidates was a testament that the party had quality leadership that was resonating well with the electorate.
He said that Wiper would continue to strengthen its structures while calling for leadership that places voters at the heart of development.
“We have taken three out of the four parliamentary seats and we are hopeful to take all MP seats in this county soon. Our candidates have demonstrated good leadership that is at the heart of development,” he said.
ODM candidate in Taveta constituency Mr. Morris Mutiso emerged second last with a paltry 1,037 votes. In Mwatate, Christopher Mwambingu who was vying with ODM emerged second with 5,953 votes. In Voi, ODM’s Dr. Vincent Masawi emerged position six after getting 1,682 votes.
ODM managed to retain the senatorial post with Johnes Mwaruma bagging 31,799 votes.
ODM is also set to lose its lofty position as the majority party in the county assembly. The resurgent Wiper and Pamoja Africa Alliance (PAA) managed to each bag five Member of County Assembly (MCAs), while ODM got four.