Jubilee’s Fahim Twaha elected new Lamu governor


Lamu, KENYA: Fahim Twaha of JP is the newly elected governor for Lamu county.

This is following his win of 22,969 votes(46.57%) flooring the incumbent governor Issa Timamy of ANC who garnered 22,848 (45.45%)votes from all around the 167 polling stations around the county in what was seen by many as a very tight race.

Timamy joins a host of other incumbents in Lamu and Kenya who have been floored and thrown out by the new wave of newcomers so far.

Other Lamu incumbents who join Timamy on the way home are incumbent Lamu West MP Julius Ndegwa of Safina party who has been relegated as MCC’s Stanley Muthama takes a strong lead that will see him become the new Lamu west MP.

Rishad Amana of ODK who was initially in the lead was floored midway by Muthama.

Another incumbent who has been fried is the current woman rep Shakilla Abdalla has also been badly floored by newcomer and little known Ruweida Obbo who is in the lead with 22,686 votes while Shakilla follows at a distant 13,226 out of the 163 polling stations/167 tallied.

Shakilla who was initially in the lead was toppled by Ruweida who has maintained a stable lead since.

Non of the incumbents has come out to either concede of reject the results.

The senatorial race also has newcomer Hassan Albeity of WDP in a dangerous lead of 14,359 while his closest rival Anwar Loitiptip of JP is in hot pursuit at 14,165 following completion of tallying from 165/167 polling stations.

Loitiptip will be remembered for flooring incumbent senator Abu Chiaba at the Jubilee primaries in the county and winning the adoration of many as the young, inexperienced tuck who floored a veteran.

Chiaba has been in politics for more than two decades having started out MP for Lamu east in 1992-1997 when he lost the polls and later made a comeback in the 2002 elections for the same seat and won and served to 2013.

He ran for senator in 2013 when he ran and clinched the senatorial seat on a

Lamu East MP Athman Shariff is however lucky to maintain his position as stays in the lead against rival Mohamed Madhbuti who is considered a no-threat.