Big names in UDA fell in the April 14, 2022 primaries.
Those who have lost their bids include Soy MP Caleb Kositany, Nominated Senator Wilson Sossion, Bomet Senator Christopher Langat, Laikipia Woman Representative Cate Waruguru and Naivasha MP Jayne Kihara.
Soy MP Kositany was seeking to succeed Jackson Mandago as Uasin Gishu Governor. He was up against Jonathan Bii, Prof. Julius Bitok, former Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) chairperson Sarah Serem, among others.
Bii emerged the winner in the race for Uasin Gishu Governor UDA ticket after getting 71,152 votes.
Prof. Bitok came second with 59,001 votes. Others – Sarah Serem (19,113); Caleb Kositany (17,150); Vesca Kangogo (7,463); David Singoe (5,050) and Solomon Kiptarbei (1,032).
In Bomet, former KNUT Secretary-General Wilson Sossion lost the UDA ticket in his quest to become area Senator.
The winner, Hillary Sigei, got 77,500 votes; the incumbent senator Christopher Langat got 65,006 votes. Sossion came third with 45,371 votes.
Still, in Bomet, Governor Hillary Barchok got a boost to defend his seat on UDA ticket after amassing 120,725 votes, defeating former Mining CAS John Mosonik, who got 63,688 votes.
In Uasin Gishu, outgoing Governor Jackson Mandago won the UDA ticket for Senate race. Mandago got 75,847 votes against Oliver Karori’s 55,854.
The area Woman Representative Gladys Boss-Shollei got a boost in the quest to defend her seat after amassing 94,343 votes against Rael Jebichii’s 54,961 votes.
In Laikipia, area Woman Representative Cate Waruguru lost the bid to run for Laikipia East MP seat on UDA. She was defeated by Amin Deddy who got 12,743 votes. Waruguru got 5,595 votes; Anthony Mutahi came third with 2,701 votes.
In Naivasha, the incumbent MP Jayne Kihara lost the UDA ticket to her predecessor John Kihagi. Kihagi got 10,394 votes while Kihara got 9,991 votes, a difference of 403 votes. Kihara alleged she’d been rigged out.
In Chesumei, Paul Biego won the UDA ticket for the area parliamentary seat. He defeated the incumbent, Wilson Kogo. Biego got 21,370 votes while Kogo got 12,980 votes. Jonesmus Sanga came a distant third with 351 votes. Spoilt votes were 610. Chaos erupted after Kogo lost the primaries to Biego.
Elgeyo Marakwet County, Adams Kipsanai won the UDA ticket for Keiyo North parliamentary seat. He defeated the incumbent MP James Murgor. Kipsanai got 6,523 votes, while Murgor got 6,383 votes, a difference of 140 votes.
In Keiyo South, the incumbent MP Daniel Rono lost the UDA ticket battle to Gideon Kimaiyo.
In Nyandarua Senate race, 35-year-old John Methu got 22,473 votes to clinch the UDA ticket. Kinyanjui Theuri came second with got 18,314 votes. The incumbent senator, Mwangi Githiomi, got 3,799 votes.
In Aldai, Nandi County, Marianne J. Kitany, the former Chief of Staff at the Office of the Deputy President, won the area UDA ticket. She defeated the current MP Cornelly Serem after getting 15,597 votes against Serem’s 13,878. Others – Osborn Komen (4,600); Robert Limo (1,062); Gilbert Kiptanui (480); John Kemboi (117) and Newton Kirwa (99).
The current Kericho Woman Representative Florence Bore lost the UDA ticket in her quest to defend her seat. She was defeated by Beatrice Kemei. Bore got 29,673 votes against Kemei’s 43,299.
Njoro MP Charity Kathambi won the UDA ticket. She got 18,340 votes against her closest challenger John Kaniaru’s 3,455 votes. Others – John Njogu (1,588) and Chege Mwangi (425).
Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi clinched the UDA ticket after getting 14,531 votes. He overcame competition from Pauline Tuwei (4,200), Jonathan Tuwei (2,020) and David Koros (1,015).
Gichugu MP Githinji Gichimu amassed 13,034 votes to be declared the winner. Clement Munyua came second with 5,833 votes, and Njage Makanga third with 3,729 votes.
Nominated MP Cecily Mbarire will fly the UDA flag in Embu Governor race after getting 54,843 votes against her closest challenger John Muchiri’s 21,963.
Former Cherangany MP Wesley Korir emerged the winner with 16,946 votes. Julius Tunduria came second with 7,522 votes; Joshua Kipkorir (5,332); John Njuguna (5,171 votes); Shadrack Kimutai (950) and Isaack Kogo (936).
Gilgil MP Martha Wangari won UDA ticket in efforts to defend her seat. She got 9,829 votes against her rival Stephen Gatimu’s 6,809 votes.
Florence Jematia, a member of the East African Legislative Assembly, won UDA ticket in her bid to become Baringo Woman Representative. She got 73,573 votes, beating three other contenders.
In Pokot South, Simon Lokanya won the UDA ticket MP seat. He got 10,395 votes. The second person James Tekoo got 9,999 votes. Others – Arumonyang Joel Loremoi (5,744); Brian Mnangat (1,404).
Baringo Central MP Joshua Kandie will defend his seat on UDA ticket after flooring David Kerich, the Speaker of Baringo County Assembly. Kandie got 9,505 votes while Kerich got 6,834 votes. Ex-area MP Sammy Mwaita came third with 2,115 votes; Emily Kiptui fourth with 811 votes; John Ayabei (785) and Paul Tororei (626).
In Molo, the area MP Kuria Kimani won the UDA ticket to defend his seat after getting 10,442 votes. Kamana Joseph came second with 2,917 votes and Kelvin Karanja 533.
In Emurua Dikirr, the current MP Johana Ngeno got 14,381 votes to be declared the winner. He defeated David Keter, who got 8,943 votes.
In Subukia parliamentary race, the incumbent MP Kinuthia Gachobe won the UDA ticket to defend his seat. He got 12,264 votes. Simon Muigai came second with 1,599 votes; Peter Mbae (1,599) and Salim Cheserem (245).
Former Baringo Governor Benjamin Cheboi won the UDA ticket for governor race. He got 45,866 votes against the incumbent Stanley Kiptis’s 25,976.
Mogotio MP Daniel Tuitoek won the UDA ticket. Mogotio is in Baringo County.
Baringo South MP Charles Kamuren also won the UDA ticket.
Musa Sirma also clinched the UDA ticket for Eldama Ravine MP seat. He defeated Rehema Abdul after garnering 11,688 votes. Abdul got 6,168 votes.
Baringo North MP William Cheptumo clinched the UDA ticket, a boost for his re-election bid. He got 69,420 votes against Isaiah Kipkoros’s 25,881.
In Igembe South, Meru County the incumbent MP John Paul Mwirigi was given a direct UDA ticket; UDA leadership adopted consensus.
Jane Njeri Maina, 28, won the UDA ticket for Kirinyaga Woman Representative seat. She defeated former Kirinyaga County Assembly Speaker Ann Wangeshi and private detective Jane Mugo.
By Steve Mkawale, Patrick Kibet, Winfrey Owino, Boniface Gikandi, Muriithi Mugo and Brian Okoth