No woman left standing in Embu assembly as the only MCA loses

Embu county has voted out the only elected woman ward representative – Penninah Mutua of Makima – in the 20-member House.

No woman was elected in last week’s election.

This marks a step backwards in the bid to achieve gender equity.

Mutua was replaced by Philip Kinyutu.

Kinyutu won the seat with 3,451 votes, flooring Mutua, who defended her seat as an independent. Mutua finished the race in fourth position, garnering 728 votes.

Embu, which had Cecily Mbarire as the only elected woman MP in the four constituencies, now does not now have any elected woman legislator apart from the woman representative – Jane Njiru.

Mbarire attempted to vie for Embu governor but lost during the Jubilee Party primaries to incumbent Governor Martin Wambora, who retained his seat during the General Election narrowly.

Thirteen out of the 20 elected MCAs, including deputy speaker Ibrahim Swaleh and majority leader Andrew Musakwa, were shown the door.

The 13 who lost their seats had previously been councillors and led powerful county assembly committees as ward representatives.

Musakwa was the House Rules, Privileges and House Business Committee boss.

Swaleh, who was beaten during the Jubilee nominations by Morris Muchiri, popularly known as Collo, ran as an independent candidate, but was beaten.

He garnered 6,374 votes against Muchiri’s 11,359.

Musakwa, who had jumped ship to Maendeleo Chap Chap from Jubilee, was thrust to position three, with 2,194 votes.

He was beaten by Jubilee candidate Harrison Mwaruko, who obtained 6,580 votes.

Public Accounts and Investment Committee chairman Peter Makenge, who ran on the MCC ticket, also lost his seat. Runyenjes Central MCA Steve Munene, who was a temporary Speaker, retained his seat.

Jubilee won 14 seats, Maendeleo Chap Chap three, PNU and Narc Kenya got one seat each, as well as an independent.

Outgoing Embu Senator Lenny Kivuti on Tuesday failed in his first bid to have Wambora’s reelection nullified.

This was after a court declined to block the IEBC from gazetting Wambora’s name as governor-elect.

Judge Florence Muchemi also declined to order that ballot papers, results entry forms 37A and 37B used in last week’s polls be kept in the safe custody of the court.

Kivuti has sought the orders in a bid to avert a case where the documents which he wants to use in his petition are tampered with. Muchemi declined to prevent the IEBC from gazetting Wambora as a governor.

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