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Lamu Senator Chiaba quits politics after defeat

Lamu Senator Mohammed Chiaba on Friday announced that he has retired from active politics after his defeat in the Jubilee Party nominations.

Mr Chiaba was beaten by 30-year-old Anwar Loitiptip in the party’s senatorial race.

The Long serving politician entered Lamu politics in 1992 as Lamu East MP but lost in 1997 polls. He made a comeback in 2002 elections and in 2013, he won the senate seat.

Mr Anwar garnered 3,868 votes while nominated MCA Monica Kirunyu was second with 2,337 votes. Mr Chiaba was third with 1,076 votes.

The results were announced by Lamu West Constituency Jubilee Primaries Returning Officer James Mungai Ndung’u early Friday morning.

Mr Chiaba conceded defeat shortly after the official announcement of the results and said he wished the winner well.

“I have accepted the Lamu people’s choice. I also take this opportunity to thank the people of Lamu for choosing me to represent them for over 20 years as MP and Senator. I wish them well,” he said.

Hindi MCA Abdul Kassim Ahmed won the Lamu West MP ticket.

Mr Kassim ditched ODM for Jubilee Party two months ago.

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