Despite facing fierce competition from independent and Azimio One Kenya Alliance candidates, the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) cemented its dominance in the Rift Valley by winning most of the crucial elective offices.
The party of Deputy President William Ruto won all of the top three county seats for governor, senator, and representative for women in the North Rift, sweeping the parliamentary and civic seats. The party also had a commanding lead in all of the top three county seats for mayor.
With the exception of Tiaty, where the party's incumbent William Kamket kept his seat, UDA won five of the six seats in Baringo County, the home of Kanu Chairman Gideon Moi.
Only one of the six legislators from Nandi County who ran on a UDA ticket was re-elected. The remainder, who ran as independents, were trounced by UDA newcomers.
While Maryanne Keitany, the former chief of staff to DP Ruto, won the Aldai parliamentary seat, Tinderet MP Julius Melly (UDA) was re-elected for a third term.
Joses Lelmengit (Emgwen), Abraham Kirwa (Mosop), Paul Biego (Chesumei), and Bernard Kitur are a few of the freshmen who were elected to the Nandi parliament under the UDA (Nandi Hills).
Both Governor Stephen Sang and Senator Samson Cherargei were expected to keep their UDA seats.
In Uasin Gishu County, independent candidates also fell short, with Kesses MP Dr. Swarup Mishra losing to UDA candidate Julius Kipletting Rutto.
Dr. Mishra was determined to end the one-term curse attached to the seat when he was elected in 2017 on a Jubilee ticket.
Following his victory, Mr. Rutto vowed to keep his campaign promises and appealed for political amity while pleading with his rivals to accept loss.
Jonathan Chelilim Bii (for the position of governor), outgoing governor Jackson Mandago (for the position of senator), and Ms. Gladys Shollei (for the position of woman representative), among others, also received large numbers of votes on the UDA ticket in the county; however, the results have not yet been made public.
In addition to Mr. Samuel Chepkonga (Ainabkoi), Prof. Phyllis Bartoo (Moiben), David Kiplagat (Soy), Janet Sitienei (Turbo), and others, they all raised the UDA flag aloft.
For a third term, Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi overcame five independent challengers.
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