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Kariuki wants to make up for lost time after Mathare win

12 August 2014, 08:00 William Korir

Nairobi - Stephen Kariuki has promised the people of Mathare that he will make up for lost time after clinching the mandate to represent them in parliament.

Kariuki of the Orange Democratic Movement ODM, finally carried that day, a year and a half after his controversial ouster by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commision IEBC and endless court battles over the matter.

In the end it was a tight battle, with Kariuki finishing with 14,966 votes in a disappointing election in terms of turnout to his main opponent, The National Alliance's TNA, George Wanjohi's 14,082 votes.

And after it was obvious victory was his, Kariuki, son to former Starehe MP and ODM stalwart Margaret Wanjiru was philosophical about his win.

" It is a year and a half later not just for me but the people of Mathare but I promise that I will do my best to make up for the time that has been lost, he said.

He was also open to his rival Wanjohi, asking all in Mathare to hold hands and help improve the fortunes of the area.

" My rival was that during the election, but now he is a person who can offer something to the people of Mathare and I will offer my time to him if he offers to, he added.

Kariuki's win was also a confidence booster to the opposition ODM, which has been grappling with election losses in recent times.

William Omondi (Independent) came in third with 194 votes, Crispus Fwamba Nyangangali (Maendeleo Democratic Party) 66, Mariam Muthoni Macharia (Independent) 39, Sammy Jentruo Mudanya (Progressive Party of Kenya) 37, Barack Obat Blasto (Independent) 19, Billian Okoth Ojiwa (National Labour Party) 15 and Nixon Kavai Inziria (Independent) with 11 votes.

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