Webuye East MP elect Martin Pepela vows to champion minority rights

Martin Wanyonyi Pepela

Martin Wanyonyi Pepela popularly known as Mzungu Investor becomes first albino to be elected MP.

Photo credit: Brian Ojamaa | Nation Media Group

Thirty-seven-year-old Martin Wanyonyi Pepela has won the Webuye East parliamentary seat with 11,600 votes. Mr Pepela, who vied on a Ford Kenya party ticket, is a second term Bungoma MCA. 

His closest rival, DAP-K's Dr Iyaya Wanjala, got 4,200 votes.

Others in the race were Caroline Buyela of Jubilee, Aggrey Namisi of ODM, Job Chelongo of UDP and Noah Chiuli who was an independent candidate.

Mr Pepela was first nominated as an MCA on the New Ford Kenya party ticket in 2013 to represent persons with disabilities. He then vied as an independent candidate in 2017 General Election and won the seat before joining Ford Kenya ahead of the 2022 elections.

Champion minority rights

Mr Pepela fought against all odds and won in three quarters of the polling stations across the three wards of Maraka, Mihuu and Ndivisi.

Speaking to the Nation on Wednesday, Mr Pepela said he was happy with the electorate of Webuye East for trusting him to replace outgoing lawmaker Mr Alfred Sambu.

Mr Sambu, who was elected on an ANC party ticket in 2017, did not defend his seat on grounds of poor health and old age.

Mr Pepela said that following his victory, many Kenyans with albinism have at least something to smile about as far as their interest in political, social and economic affairs are concerned.

"I want to thank my people of Webuye East constituency for believing in me and joining me in writing the history by ensuring the first albino is elected into parliament," he said.

Mr Pepela, who is also the Chairperson of people living with albinism in Western region, said that he will spearhead the agenda of persons living with disabilities in the national assembly.

"Despite we having achieved all this we still have a long way to go in ensuring our people live well in the community,” he said.

"We as people living with albinism are happy that the state has given us adequate security during the elections period," he said.

His opponent Mr Namisi conceded defeat and promised to join hands with Mr Pepela and transform the constituency.