By Allan Tawai
Kitui South MP Rachel Kaki Nyamai who won the August 8 elections on a Jubilee ticket has been dealt a blow after her victory was nullified by the courts on Thursday.
Kaki managed to defeat Wiper Party candidate Ken Moki in the hotly contested poll but the Wiper aspirant moved to court to challenge the IEBC declaration.
The Kitu South lawmaker becomes the second Jubilee MP to lose a seat in an election petition after his Webuye West counterpart Dan Wanyama whose victory was nullified by Bungoma High court early this week.
Dr. Nyamai was serving her 2nd term in Parliament. She was first elected on a Narc party ticket in the Jubilee Coalition. Then retained her seat in the shambolic August 8 2017 elections.
Prior to joining elective politics in 2013, she worked as a lecturer at Kenyatta University. She also lectured at South Eastern University College in Kitui County between 2011 and 2012.
She holds a PhD in Global Health from the University of Aarhus, Denmark.
Her decision to defy the Wiper Democratic Party wave in her Ukambani region and her victory in the Kitui South seat during the 2013 General Election caught many by surprise.
She was an active member of the 11th Parliament and sponsored four of the 20 Bills championed by women MPs in both the Senate and the National Assembly.
Among the Bills she sponsored is the Health Bill 2015, which has a clause compelling companies and government institutions to provide breastfeeding stations for nursing mothers in the workplace. In March this year, MPs approved the clause under the Bill, which provides that the stations be well equipped with facilities such as electric outlets for breast pumps and refrigerators.
Dr. Nyamai is also the force behind the Diabetes Management Bill 2014, the Traditional Health Practitioners Bill 2014; and the Kenya Aids Control Authority Bill, 2014.
She had demonstrated that she is a hard tackler in politics and takes parliamentary business quite seriously.
When President Uhuru Kenyatta unveiled his Jubilee national campaign team to spearhead his re-election bid, it did not come as a surprise that her name was mentioned.
Dr Nyamai was named alongside veteran politicians like Senator Kiraitu Murungi, Senate Majority Leader Kindiki Kithure and Kalembe Ndile to be in charge of the Eastern region.