Kwale,KENYA:Kwale County incumbent governor Salim Mvurya of Jubilee has retained his seat after trouncing his competitors after garnering a total of 119,680 votes.
He was declared winner last night by Kwale County Returning officer Amina Soud at the County Tallying Centre at the Kenya School of Government in Matuga.
He was followed by Wiper candidate Chirau Mwakwere who garnered 29741 votes, ODM Issa Chipera 28,727, Independent 5172 and Gereza Dena got 1477 votes.
Mvurya defected from ODM to Jubilee in late 2015.
Issa Boy of ODM was declared Senator elect after he garnered 72275 votes retaining his late brother Boy Juma Boy seat.
He beat his close opponent Jubilee candidate Mshenga Ruga who garnered 36082, followed by Ibrahim Bulushi who got 18451 votes.
Zuleikha Juma of ODM was declared the Women representative elect with a total of 86658 votes.
She sent home Jubilee’s Zainab Chidzuga who got 52956 votes.
Chidzuga is also defected from ODM.
Governor Mvurya lauded President Uhuru Kenyatta for being elected for the second term.
He urged those who feel there has been issues not to complain outside the existing constitution since Kenyans had decided.
“Most important thing is to build the nation. Kenyans have decided to take the country forward.
With collaboration with president Kwale will get changes and open its economy,” he said.
Mvurya said that politics time has gone and therefore people should be focused on building Kwale.
Senator elect Issa Boy said that he will work with all leaders to ensure Kwale people get service as expected.
Kwale county women representative Zulekha Hassan urged elected leaders to work for the benefit of the people.
“I urge my colleagues elected to be satisfied with what we are paid as salaries and use tax payer’s money prudently. We have to ensure every cent meant for Kwale goes to them,” she said.
Zuleikha maintained that she will continue support Raila Odinga adding that Kwale County overwhelmingly supports his presidential ambition