Kenya’s ruling party Jubilee finally conceded defeat in the just concluded by-elections.
Out of the three seats, the party went empty-handed in the mini polls held on Tuesday.
In an interview with Citizen TV on Thursday night, Jubilee’s Secretary General Raphael Tuju passed the congratulatory message to the winners of Bonchari and Juja parliamentary by-elections and Rurii ward mini-poll.
He attributed the loss in Juja and Rurii to vote apathy, a region that feels marginalized since the president hails from there. He argued voting pattern was influenced by their opponents’ claims that the government has marginalized central Kenya.
“It was certainly apathy; people who feel that they have not benefited enough from the fact that the President comes from that region,” Tuju said.
According to Tuju, the polls did not depict the actual situation during general elections since voters had a low turnout.
“Those who have won in the by-elections, a few wards where turnout was very low and the dynamics are completely different with a general election, they have every right to celebrate but we will be back,” he added.
Raila Odinga’s ODM party candidate Pavel Oimeke clinched Bonchari’s parliamentary seat beating his fierce rivals Jubilee’s Opore Zebedeo John and Bituta of UDA.
PEP candidate George Koimburi won Juja’s seat while UDA’s Francis Muraya Githaiga emerged victorious in the Rurii ward.