Joseph Majimbo Kalasinga is the MP-elect of Kabuchai Constituency after trouncing seven other candidates in a hotly contested mini poll.
Kalasinga garnered 19,274 votes which represent 65 percent of the total votes cast.
His closest challenger Evans Kakai of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) got 6,455 votes representing 22 percent.
The results were announced by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Returning Officer for Kabuchai Constituency Mr. Benson Esuza at Mabanga Agricultural Training Centre. Mabanga ATC was the commission’s tallying center.
Amos Wekesa of the Federal Party of Kenya came a distant third with 1,454 votes (5 percent) followed by Dr Gasper Wafubwa at the fourth position after he garnered 1,236 votes (4 percent).
Voter turnout was 51.68 percent and the total votes cast were 29,798. There were 320 rejected votes.
The constituency has a total of 57, 654 registered voters
Majimbo now becomes the second legislator for Kabuchai Constituency and will succeed James Mukwe Lusweti who died in December last year after battling arthritis for a long time.
Majimbo’s victory is a big relief to Ford Kenya party leader Moses Wetang’ula who was fighting to retain the seat after Deputy President William Ruto sponsored a candidate through the newly formed UDA party to battle for the seat.
A loss for Ford Kenya would have signaled Wetang’ula’s diminishing political career in Western Kenya just months after two of his close allies in Ford Kenya, Kanduyi MP Wafula Wamunyinyi and Tongaren MP Dr David Eseli had unsuccessfully tried to oust him from party leadership.
Kabuchai is Wetang’ula’s home turf and the bedrock of the lion party.
The victory of Majimbo and to a large extent Wetang’ula may greatly affect the political future of the two rebel MPs and the Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati who has broken ranks with Wetang’ula.