With the provisional results trickling in at the Bomas of Kenya, the IEBC returning officers across the country have declared the results, showing that some of the outgoing governors who sought to retain their seats had lost.
Kenyans.co.ke takes a look at outgoing governors who lost their bid to win elective seats in the August 9 General Election.
In West Pokot county, incumbent governor John Lonyangapuo lost his bid to retain seat after United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Simon Kachapin dethroned him.
The new governor-elect trounced the incumbent after garnering 86,476 votes, followed by Lonyangapuo who got 84,610 votes. Kachapin vied for the second time in 2022 after losing to Lonyangapuo in the 2017 General Election.
On the other hand, Speaker of the Senate, Kenneth Lusaka bounced back after garnering 244,298 votes and clinching the Bungoma gubernatorial seat.
He defeated incumbent governor, Wycliffe Wangamati who later issued a statement, conceding defeat to the new governor-elect.
“The people of Bungoma have spoken and we respect that decision. This is, therefore, to congratulate Hon Kenneth Lusaka on his election as the Governor of Bungoma. Secondly, I want to thank every citizen of Bungoma who thought and believed in my vision for Bungoma, and all those who supported my campaigns for re-election and voted for me,”
“To the governor-elect, I wish you well in your new term in office. Now that politics is over, it is my prayer that you will adopt whatever you find worthy in what was my agenda for the great people of Bungoma,” he stated.
In Busia, the outgoing governor, Sospeter Ojaamong also lost his bid to become Teso South Member of Parliament after he was trounced by Paul Nyongesa Otuoma.
While issuing a statement, the ODM politician lauded his supporters for according him the opportunity to serve since 2013.
“The elections are over, but our principles will endure for generations. To my family, friends, team, and campaigners thank you for the unwavering support during my reign and campaign period,” he stated.