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Shock, disappointment in Uhuru’s backyard

By ERIC WAINAINA September 1st, 2017 1 min read

Shock and disappointment greeted Kiambu residents after the nullification of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s win in the August 8 General Election by the Supreme Court.

They, however, vowed to turn out in large number during the repeat election.

Most of the residents in the county followed the six-judge bench’s late morning ruling in various social joints in the respective towns, while others were busy in their businesses.

When the ruling was delivered, business went on as usual including at Mr Kenyatta’s home in Gatundu South constituency, where local and international media had camp to cover any eventuality.

Unhappy residents in the region, which gave Jubilee 913,000 votes, were discussing the ruling in smalls groups while expressing their disappointment with the court ruling and the way forward.


Interviews painted a picture of heartbroken residents, but who are determined to re-affirm President Kenyatta’s victory when the election is repeated.

Linford Mutembei, who lives in Kamiti, in Kiambu Town Constituency, and who is the chairman of Mount Youth Caucus political lobby group said although the court overturned the election results, the ruling did not change Jubilee numbers or sway their political stand.

“The news was a disappointment, but for us as President Kenyatta’s supporters, we will maintain calm and continue with our daily business waiting for the repeat. I am very sure that when that day comes, we will cut short the opposition’s party,” said Mr Mutembei.

Mr Mutembei said all Jubilee elected leaders should now dedicate their energies towards campaigning for Mr Kenyatta in areas where he enjoys minimal backing to ensure he garners more votes.