Lamu, KENYA: Lamu county has a new woman rep in JP’s Ruweida Obbo after she garnered 23,093 votes dashing the incumbent Shakilla Abdalla’s hopes of retaining the seat after she managed a distant 13,374 votes from 166/176 polling stations in the county.
She 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.
She is yet to comment on the result.
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.