Some of the contending leaders in the August 9 polls have conceded defeat as early as Tuesday midnight led by Taveta legislator Naomi Shaban of the Jubilee party and Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria of Chama Cha Kazi.
City lawyer Cliff Ombeta has also conceded defeat in the Bonchari parliamentary contest before the final results were announced. Ombeta was seeking the MP seat on a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party ticket.
Both Ombeta and Shaban put their name on the ballot paper aspiring to be members of parliament while Kuria was gunning for the Kiambu governorship.
As the votes keep streaming in from various polling stations, some of the leaders from various regions are already aware of the situation on the ground and are prematurely conceding defeat.
Shaban, who had been in the race this year for her fifth term to represent the constituency, and has been an MP for 20 years, went ahead to congratulate her competitor Bwire Okano, of the Wiper party.
“Good people, there is time for everything. Well done team Bwire, thank you for giving me a chance to serve you for 20 years. My young brother Okano, I congratulate you” the Jubilee Deputy Party Leader said.
Whereas the Gatundu South legislator offered his stance on the failure of clinching the Kiambu Gubernatorial seat and said that he would exit politics after the Polls.
The embattled Kiambu gubernatorial aspirant stepped off the race contended by senator Kimani Wamatangi of UDA, former Governor William Kabogo of Tujibebe Party, and Independent candidate Patrick ‘WaJungle’ Wainaina.
“In the unlikely event I’m not elected, you will not see me in politics again let alone seeking to be nominated. There is life beyond politics,” Kuria said in reference to a previous Facebook post on July 12, 2022.
He further thanked his supporters as he retired to the private sector after eight years of service as an MP while not only urging for peace but also emphasizing his position as that of ensuring the DP Ruto wins.
“I enjoyed every minute of my 8 years in elective politics. Back to the private sector. Happily, my single-minded focus is to be elected Governor of Kiambu County and to have William Ruto as President,” Kuria said.