ODM retains Ganda Ward, amidst Aggressive Jubilee theatrics

Mr Ruben Katana, the ODM party candidate in the Ganda Ward seat in Malindi, Kilifi County has won the by election after clinching 4,177 votes.

With Jubilee no where in sight, second placed was Independent candidate Abdul Omar, who garnered 2,331 votes.

Jubilee party, which is at the center of controversy over violence, garnered 589 votes through its candidate, Joseph Kiponda. Kadu Asili’s David Mitsanze managed to get 362 votes.

The seat had been hotly contested as Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa tried to wrest it from the Raila Odinga-led party in a political supremacy battle in the coastal region.

The contested seat fell vacant after the High Court invalidated Mr Abdulrahman Mohamed Omar owing to irregularities and illegalities that marred the August 7, 2017 election.

Earlier, Returning Officer Jumaa Musa directed police officers to eject Kilifi Deputy Governor Gideon Saburi and journalists from TV47 for lacking accreditation.

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