Sweet victory for Chepkonga as he makes a comeback in Ainabkoi

Samuel Chepkonga won the Ainabkoi seat on a UDA ticket with 26,479 votes against William Chepkut Kamuren's 13,510 votes

Samuel Chepkonga, winner of Ainabkoi Parliamentary seat on a United Democratic Alliance Party ticket receives his election certificate from Eunice Maru, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission’s Returning Officer for the constituency at Rift Valley Technical Training Institute in Eldoret town, Uasin Gishu County on August 11, 2022. Chepkonga got 26,479 votes while William Chepkut who contested in an Independent ticket got 13,510 votes.

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Samuel Chepkonga of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) has reclaimed the Ainabkoi parliamentary seat from his rival William Kamuren Chepkut, bagging 26,479 votes against the latter’s 13,510.

Mr Chepkut, who trounced Mr Chepkonga in the 2017 General Election, ran as an independent. He was also elected as an independent in the last General Election.

Others in the Ainabkoi race were Dorcas Chepkemboi who received 274, William Kiptum (448), Lina Komen (735) and Teresa Maina (2,701).

For Mr Chepkonga, it is a sweet comeback in a constituency with a history of not re-electing an MP for a second term.

He was a member of the Parliamentary Service Commission, where he served for six years.

Elated

He was elated to be elected once again and said he had lined up in his manifesto goodies for his constituents and was keen to fulfill them in the next five years.

He said the election was peaceful and thanked Uasin Gishu County residents for showing maturity, adding that the process was flawless.

“Our region has always been termed as a [violence] hotspot, but as you can see we voted peacefully and people are calm as they wait for the results to be announced,” he said.

“There were no ugly incidents and we are happy because the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) conducted the elections well,” Mr Chepkonga said.

Priorities

He said one of his priorities was to tackle unemployment in the constituency.

“Many youths are suffering because they don’t have jobs yet they have academic papers. I will be doing my best to make sure the youths get something to do so that they can support themselves,” he said.

Voter turnout in Ainabkoi constituency was 71 percent, with 44,561 of the 62,606 registered voters casting their ballots.

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