In Summary
  • The hotly contested by-election has attracted 24 candidates battling for 118,658 votes.

Kibra residents in Nairobi County are voting in a high-stakes parliamentary by-election on Thursday after the MP seat fell vacant following the death of Ken Okoth in July after a battle with cancer.

The hotly contested by-election has attracted 24 candidates battling for 118,658 votes.

The constituency has five wards - Sarang’ombe, with the highest number of registered voters at 30,754, Woodley/Kenyatta Golf Course (28,066), Makina (25,695), Laini Saba (17,455) while Lindi has 16,688.

Kibra was split from Lang'ata Constituency in 2013.

According to the IEBC list, 17 candidates are vying under various political parties while seven are running on independent tickets.

Here is a list of some of the candidates in the November 7, 2019 by-election:

  • EDITAR OCHIENG' (Ukweli Party)

Editar Ochieng, 30, is a civil right activist and the founder of the Feminists for Peace, Rights and Justice Centre. Her organisation has been championing for justice and rights for women in Kibra slums.

  • KHAMISI BUTICHI (Ford-Kenya)

Khamisi Butichi is an engineer who has worked for Kenya Airports Authority at Isiolo Airport.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Jkuat) and a masters' degree in Construction Engineering and Management from the same institution.

  • NOAH MIGUDO WINJA (Independent)

The lawyer-cum-medic, who went into exile after the 1982 coup, lived and worked in South Africa and Denmark before returning to the country in 2002. He holds a masters' in medicine and another in law.

He has held various positions in both the public and private sectors, representing clients who range from marginalised communities in South America to major companies in Europe. He also worked in Namibia and South Africa during the freedom struggles.

  • ELIUD OWALO (ANC)

Before joining Musalia Mudavadi’s Amani National Congress (ANC) more than a month ago, Eliud Owalo was a staunch member of the ODM party.

Owalo who runs a management consultant firm in Nairobi also contested for ODM party nomination in 2017 but lost to the late Ken Okoth.

During the 2013 presidential elections he served as campaign manager and strategist for Raila Odinga.

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