The Wiper Party senatorial candidate for the Machakos by-election, Agnes Kavindu, has won the seat with a huge margin.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) declared Kavindu duly elected after garnering 104,080 votes.
Her main rival in the race, Urbanus Muthama Ngengele, of the DP William Ruto-allied United Democratic Alliance (UDA) came a distant second, managing only 19,705.
The victory by Kavindu affirms that Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka is still the man to watch in the Ukambani region.
At the same time, the defeat of the UDA candidate means that Deputy President Ruto’s “Hustlers Nation” is not as popular on the ground as it is being portrayed online.
DP Ruto’s camp has been claiming that Kenyans have embraced the “hustler narrative” and that’s why their political rallies are usually packed.
After the Machakos humiliation, the Tangatanga politicians turned to motivational speaking, saying they were making inroads into various parts of the country.
Former Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen said: “Agnes Kavindu Muthama (congratulations) on your election as the Senator of Machakos. Welcome to the Senate. Congratulations to my friend Urbanus Muthama Ngengele (UDA) with the whole team led by Senator Muthama for putting up a good fight. Great show for a first-timer in a new party.”
Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot noted that UDA was now on the way to becoming a national outfit: “Raiding people’s bedroom’s since 2020. Sometimes we just make out. Sometimes we go all the way. Both have a good feel… Woke up to Jah Cure’s ‘Respect the hustlers in the streets.”
But Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Junior, who is Wiper vice-chairman, said UDA was an overrated party.
“Admit defeat by Senator Agnes Kavindu Muthama then you can continue with the poem,” he said.
Kenyans trolled UDA chairman Johnstone Muthama, who campaigned against his ex-wife, Kavindu.
Bel Akinyi said: “Johnston Muthama is the chairman UDA, Muthama was beaten at his own home, Muthama was beaten by his own wife don’t believe the useless noise of imaginary numbers that we have numbers all hallucinations from cannabis sativa.”
Braylon Okoth had an intelligent joke: “At least Muthama has tasted what it feels like to lose both in private and public.”