Saturday, December 29, 2007

Ndwiga falls to matatu fleet manager as women sweep Rift Valley

Cooperatives minister Hon. Njeru Ndwiga has recently fallen into the hands of a matatu fleet manager, Emilio Kathuri, as Rift Valley turned around the place of women in politics by electing Dr Sally Kosgey (ODM, Aldai), Prof Hellen Sambili (UDM, Mogotio), Prof Margaret Kamar (ODM, Eldoret East), Ms Lorna Laboso (ODM, Sotick), Ms Peris Chepchumba Kipsimam (ODM, Eldoret South), and Mrs Linah Jebii Kilimo (Kenda, Marakwet East).

On the presidential front, Raila led in all provinces except Central and Eastern. In the tallies available for Nairobi, Raila had collected 146,205 votes followed by Kibaki who had 95,808. Kalonzo was third with 18,048.

In Coast Province Raila was also ahead on 151,023 votes. Kibaki was second with 83,087. Kalonzo had 11,816.

Raila also led by a wide margin in Nyanza Province, where he had 1,025,23. Kibaki was second with 67,151. Kalonzo trailed third on 1,203. Kalonzo led in Eastern Province on 197,565 with Kibaki second on 8,0523. Raila was third with 26,564.

Raila led again in Western with 492,295 votes. Kibaki followed with 162,177 while Kalonzo was third with 4,657.

Raila had also collected more than one million votes in Rift-Valley Province standing at 1,074,142. Kibaki was second on 426,984. Kalanzo’s votes were 30,939.

It was a close contest in North Eastern Province between Kibaki and Raila with the latter having a small lead on 46,646. Kibaki had 42,407. Kalonzo had 4,581.

Kibaki had taken a comfortable lead Central Province, garnering just well over one million votes to stand at 1,061,098. Raila had 13,938 and Kalonzo 6,430 votes.

Results were trickling in from across the country by the time of going to press with the edge of competition becoming clearer.

The preliminary result showed a record voter turn out, with over eight million of about 14 million registered voters expected to have voted.

By last night ODM had 72 parliamentary seats, PNU 18, ODM-Kenya six and Kanu five.

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