Mawathe, Ochieng’ sworn in following Embakasi South, Ugenya by-election wins

Mawathe, Ochieng’ sworn in following Embakasi South, Ugenya by-election wins

Newly-elected Ugenya Member of Parliament David Ochieng and his Embakasi South counterpart Julius Mawathe were on Tuesday sworn in days after winning the by-elections. The swearing in of the duo was overseen by National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi. Mr. Ochieng, who vied for the Ugenya seat under the little-known Movement for Democracy and Growth (MDG) party, defeated his Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) counterpart Christopher Karan with over 7,000 votes in the April 5 election. The legislator formed the MDG party in 2017 after a fall out with ODM party’s top leadership. Mr. Mawathe, flying a Wiper Party ticket, was declared winner in the Embakasi South by-election, beating out ODM’s Irshad Sumra who conceded defeat even before half of the votes cast had been tallied. Political pundits termed Mr. Mawathe and Mr. Ochieng’s victories a blow to the ODM party and the stronghold of Raila Odinga in the Nyanza region. This was especially after Deputy President William Ruto penned an emotional message to congratulate the two saying “CONGRATULATIONS Ochieng (Ugenya) & Mawathe (Embakasi) for your God given victory. Jameni wacheni MUNGU aitwe MUNGU. The hustler nation has spoken, the people have decided. GLORY TO THE ALMIGHTY GOD.”

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