Nyenze’s widow clinches Wiper Party ticket for Kitui West by-election

SUMMARY

  • Edith Nyenze has the green light to vie for the Kitui West parliamentary seat after winning the Wiper nomination ticket in the primaries.
  • She beat Maluki Mwendwa by over 10,000 votes to clinch the ticket
  • Edith will campaign to retain seat declared vacant following the death of her husband, Francis Nyenze
  • The late Francis Nyenze held the seat since 1997

 

By ALLAN TAWAI

Edith Nyenze, the widow to the late Francis Nyenze, has got a green light to vie for the Kitui West parliamentary seat after winning the Wiper Party nomination ticket on Wednesday, January 17.

Nyenze’s widow scooped a total of 13,388 votes against his rival Maluki Mwendwa’s 2,663 votes.

She will now campaign to reclaim a seat declared vacant after her husband’s death on December 6, 2017.

 

According to prior Watchtower.co.ke reports, Nyenze was offered a direct nomination by Wiper after being endorsed to succeed her late husband by Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu. It would appear she had no direct nomination after having to vie against Mwendwa.

The late Francis Nyenze passed on while receiving treatment for colon cancer, a battle he’d undertook for 10 years before his death at the Nairobi Hospital.

On August 31, an ailing Nyenze showed up at Parliament with a gas tank and mask in tow to undertake his oath of office.

Nyenze was the member of parliament for Kitui West since 1997.

 

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