In Summary
  • Jubilee takes the seats of governor, senator, woman rep, MP and MCAs.
  • Mr Timamy joins a host of other incumbents in Lamu and Kenya who have so far been thrown out by newcomers.
  • Mr Twaha pledged to ensure Lamu benefits from national government projects.

Jubilee Party has taken all the key positions in Lamu County in the 2017 elections, a shock to many who thought the region was an opposition stronghold.

Jubilee has taken the seats of governor, senator, woman rep and MP as well as MCA positions especially in Lamu West Constituency.

On Friday, Mr Fahim Twaha, who previously served as Lamu West MP for 15 years, was officially declared the new governor-elect after he beat the incumbent Governor Issa Timamy of ANC after garnering 22,972 votes against Mr Timamy’s 22,484 votes in what was described as a very tight race.

Mr Timamy joins a host of other incumbents in Lamu and Kenya who have so far been thrown out by newcomers.

Mr Twaha was handed his election certificate by the Lamu County Elections Manager Mohamed Adan in a colourful ceremony held at the Lamu Fort county tallying centre.

SECOND ATTEMPT

He has been Mr Timamy’s longest rival and this was his second shot at the gubernatorial positions after he lost in 2013.

In his acceptance speech, Mr Twaha said his first priority within his first 100 days in office will be to “undo the harm done to Lamu by my predecessor”.

He claimed that Mr Timamy had largely divided the people of Lamu along tribal lines and that his main objective is to ensure Lamu is united once again just like before.

Mr Twaha pledged to ensure Lamu benefits from national government projects in order to ensure adequate development and creation of jobs in order to alleviate rampant poverty.

MORE INVESTORS

He said he will encourage the national government to bring in more investors and added that he will support any project that promises to change fortunes in the county.

“My objective is to have one Lamu which is free from tribalism and ethnicity. There’s so much tribalism which wasn’t there before. People no longer regard each other as brothers and sisters but as so and so from this (or that) tribe,” said Mr Twaha.

However, outgoing Governor Timamy has not come out either to accept the results or concede defeat.

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