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Kamanda blames Sonko absence for Mathare loss

18 August 2014, 09:06 William Korir

Nairobi - Starehe MP Maina Kamanda has blamed The National Alliance TNA party's loss in the Mathare by election to the absence of Nairobi Senator Gideon Mbuvi 'Sonko' from campaigns.

TNA's incumbent George Wanjohi lost the mini poll to Orange Democratic Movement ODM' Stephen Kariuki last week.

Wanjohi did not lose by much, polling 14,082 votes to Kariuki's 14,966.

According to Kamanda, the loss was hard to take considering there was potential for a repeat victory by Wanjohi.

He atributed the defeat to the lack of campaigns in the area by Sonko, who was said to have been out of the country during the period.

" I think we let ourselves down as a party, he said Sunday in Nairobi.

" The Senator also let us down because he sis not campaign for our candidate and we know just how much of a factor he is when it comes to these things, he added.

He did however strike a positive note on the scenario.

" If you consider the margin of defeat as compared to last year, the party has actually gained in terms of support in this area.

" We are positive that we are building and growing in the right direction, he added.

President Uhuru Kenyatta campaigned for Wanjohi in the area, but his influence was not enough to see the candidate retain his seat.

Wanjohi lost his seat following a petition by Kariuki in which the Supreme Court ruled that he had been illegally awarded a victory certificate by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission IEBC.

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