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Gambia: PS Ceesay Says Malaria Control Requires Joint Partnership

By Momodou Faal

Dawda Ceesay, the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare has stated that Malaria control requires joint partnership, as the task for Malaria control is colossal but it has to be tackled head on by the Gambian population.

PS Ceesay made this remark on Monday at the commemoration of World Malaria Day at Essau in the North Bank Region (NBR).

The event was organised by the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare through support from the Global Fund and partners.

PS Ceesay pointed out that The Gambia through the National Malaria Control Programme has put in place key strategies to combat Malaria in the country and among them includes the following interventions; free distribution of long lasting insecticide treated nets, to meet universal coverage, targets free access to reproductive and child health services, including prompt and effective treatment for Malaria, Indoor Residual spraying across the country and wide spread community education for behavioural change among others.

Ebrima K. Dampha, the governor of NBR, in his welcoming remarks, said Malaria is the leading cause of deaths for children under five years of age and World Health Organisation estimates that 3000 people die of Malaria everyday.

He pointed out that pregnant women and their unborn babies are particularly vulnerable to malaria, when a woman is pregnant, her immunity is reduced, making her more vulnerable to Malaria infection with dangerous consequences such as abortion, stillbirth, premature delivery and low birth weight.

He thanked the National Malaria Control Programme and their partners for hosting the event in his region.

Balla Kandeh, programme manager of the National Malaria Control Programme stated that World Malaria Day set a platform for intensive debate so that education and awareness levels on malaria are substantially and widely disseminated, noting that the day came as a result of the historic Abuja Summit where 44 African heads of State and Government representatives met in the year 2000 and made a declaration to halve burden of Malaria by 2015.

He added that the day provides countries the opportunity to soberly reflect on the efforts made on tracking the scorch of malaria, noting that it is a moment for stock taken and to renew political commitment, increase advocacy, communication and social mobilisation for Malaria control and prevention.

He thanked Global Fund, WHO, UNICEF and all the partners in the Roll Back Malaria for their support towards the fight against Malaria.

In another development EcoBank donated D52,000 to the NMCP as part of their contribution towards the fight against Malaria. Ebrima Jammeh presented the cheaque noted that the bank has made similar donations to 32 countries in Africa.


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Nigeria: LASG Assisted 5 Pregnant Schoolchildren

By Yahaya Ibrahim

Lagos — Five pregnant school children were assisted to access antenatal and delivery services in the last one year, Lagos State Commissioner for Youths and Social Development Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf has said.

She was speaking yesterday as part of the ongoing ministerial briefing to mark the two years in office of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

The commissioner also disclosed that 237 children, comprising 106 males and 131 females, abandoned in different parts of the state were rescued.

“This figure is higher than the corresponding figure of 149 children that were rescued in 2015 while between January 2017 till date, 53 children have been rescued,” Akinbile-Yussuf said.

The commissioner also said that 150 reported cases of sexual and physical abuse were handled by the ministry in the year under review.


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How ODM Primaries Officials Messed Nyanza Polls

By Angela Oketch

Returning officers in Nyanza for ODM primaries may have played a role in the confusion witnessed in most polling stations across the region.

In Kisumu, the county returning officer Tom Okong’o made tallying centre a top secret only for him to rush to Thurdibuoro Secondary School where he announced results as some polling stations were still counting votes.

Aspirants and journalists were kept in the dark and had to move from one centre to another looking for the tallying centre.

Immediately after Mr Okongo declared Senator Anyang’ Nyong’o winner in the gubernatorial race, Richard Kiyondo, the county deputy returning officer also announced Governor Jack Ranguma as the winner while at a different tallying centre.

Kisumu Senator Anyang’ Nyong’o casts his vote at Ratta Primary School in Seme in the ODM primaries for Kisumu County on April 25, 2017. PHOTO | ONDARI OGEGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Prof Nyong’o was declared winner by Mr Okongo with 164, 110 votes against Mr Ranguma’s 91,480 votes. Dr Hezron McObewa was announced third with 62, 670 votes.

Mr Kiyondo declared Mr Ranguma winner with 118, 934 votes against Dr McObewa’s 47, 930. Professor Nyong’o came in third with 32,028 votes followed by Gordon Oyumba who garnered 14, 290 votes, Isaka Nyangara was fifth with 11, 936 votes.

After the two announcements were made, Kisumu residents were left confused who will legitimately carry the ODM flag in August polls.

Others questioned whose authority should be trusted. That of the county returning officer or his deputy.

Youths light bonfires on the streets of Kisumu town on April 26, 2017 following dispute ODM primaries results. PHOTO | ONDARI OGEGA | NATION

The returning officers at disappeared only to emerge with the results which they read under tight security.

Mr Okongo for better of the day was nowhere to be seen and was not picking calls from journalists.

In Kisumu Central constituency, as early as 5am in the morning in all the wards, Fred Ouda who is the MCA Gem Central was leading followed by Onyango Oloo and sitting MP Ken Obura was third.

At about 7am, tallying was stopped and short text messages were circulating claiming that the returning officer Laban Bosire had been kidnapped.

Few minutes to 8am, Kisumu Central returning officer Mr Bosire turned up guarded by security officers. He declared Mr Obura as the winner and was immediately escorted out by the same officers.

Kisumu residents took to the streets to denounce move to announce Kisumu Central MP Ken Obura as the winner in the ODM primaries on April 26,2017. PHOTO | ONDARI OGEGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

The pronouncement of Mr Obura as the ODM nominee for the seat in the August elections sparked tension with Mr Ouda’s supporters going to the streets chanting his praises.

They protested Mr Obura’s alleged victory.

In Muhoroni consistency there were parallel tallying centers.

In Seme, the returning officer could not be traced and there was no one to announce the results.

In Homa Bay, returning officer Erastus Otieno could not explain the origin of the results after noting that he could not reach most poll officials across the county.

He explained that he had authority to announce whatever results he had which sparked violent protests in the town.

He declared Governor Cyprian Awiti the winner with 46,343 votes against Mr Oyugi Magwanga’s 14,661.

Kisumu residents took to the streets to denounce move to announce Kisumu Central MP Ken Obura as the winner in the ODM primaries on April 26,2017. PHOTO | ONDARI OGEGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Flanked by Homa Bay County Secretary Isaiah Ogwe and top county officials, the returning officer was accorded heavy security by armed police officers who ejected journalists from the tallying centre as soon as the results were announced.

The poll official could not declare what each candidate got at the constituency level, saying that presiding officers had refused to give him the results.

The results were protested by agents of other candidates who argued that they did not reflect the true picture on the ground and were a sham.

Mr Magwanga’s chief agent at the hall Mr Lameck Okeyo Omollo rejected the results.

After the announcement, contingent of armed security officials began driving journalists and agents of other officials out of the tallying centre.

Orient Bank Gets First Business Academy Graduates

By Alfred Ochwo

Dr Louis Kasekende, the deputy governor of Bank of Uganda, has urged small and micro enterprises to embrace formal and modern management practices if they are to grow into larger and more profitable organisations.

He made the call during the graduation ceremony for the pioneer class of the Orient Bank Business Academy programme, which has been running from August 2016 in partnership with Makerere University Business School.

The formalization of businesses through keeping proper books of accounts is something small businesses struggle to adopt. The fear that Uganda Revenue Authority usually slaps high tax bills on formal businesses is one of the reasons why many prefer to stay informal.

It is some of these fears that Orient bank, through its business academy, sought to deal with.

“Research has shown that few Ugandan business start-ups are surviving past their fifth year, partly due to poor business management and entrepreneurship skills. Orient has wide and extensive experience in SME banking and what we are going to do is share our knowledge and expertise with young businesses so that they can mature and thrive,” Orient bank MD, Julius Kakeeto, said while launching the programme last year.

Kasekende, who was the chief guest at the function last year, also reiterated the need for formal small and medium enterprises.

“As Uganda moves towards becoming a middle-income country, it is important that we recognize the role of SMEs and provide them with the necessary support to survive and thrive. SMEs are critical for job creation and economic growth. They drive wealth creation and productivity through innovation,” he said.

Last week, the first graduates out of the business academy emerged. Stephen Mutungi, the propietor of 2ambale, an e-commerce business, emerged the best and was awarded Shs 20m.


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Nairobi Woman Rep Loser Nganga Arrested Over Tallying Centre Chaos

By Simon Ndonga

Nairobi — Nairobi Woman Representative loser in the Jubilee primaries Wangui Nganga was arrested Thursday night for causing disturbances at the Nyayo Stadium tallying Centre.

According to police, she caused fracas at the centre before being detained to the Lang’ata Police Station at midnight.

Police stated that she was being interrogated and is expected to appear in court soon.

The incumbent Rachel Shebesh won the ticket with 91,766 votes, followed by Millicent Omanga with 53,734 votes.

Karen Nyamu came third with 36,828 votes.

Bishop Margaret Wanjiru who lost in the governor’s race is also detained at Kileleshwa Police Station until Tuesday after she was charged for destruction of voting materials.

Bishop Wanjiru denied the charge was but was denied bail until Tuesday after a request by the prosecution.

She allegedly stormed the City Park polling station with her supporters.


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It’s Raila and Kalonzo to Face Uhuru, Ruto in August Duel

Photo: Jeff Angote/The Nation

Nasa principals from left: Musalia Mudavadi, Raila Odinga , Isaac Ruto, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetang’ula at Bomas of Kenya on April 20, 2017.

Nairobi — The National Super Alliance (NASA) has named Raila Odinga its flag bearer in the August General Election, with Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka as his running mate.

The line-up was announced by the coalition’s co-principal Musalia Mudavadi during a political rally held at the historic Uhuru Park grounds in Nairobi.

“It has been short but a fulfilling journey. A year ago this time, I was the only one talking NASA and the whole country is now singing about NASA,” Mudavadi told jubilant supporters.

“We have come together as political parties, civil societies, business communities to take back our country. When I formed NASA, I never had me in mind. I had we in mind. I had you in mind and finally I had Kenyans in mind.”

He said the NASA team if elected, they will ‘reclaim’ the lost glory of the country.

“We did not form NASA for a specific person to lead. We want to build a just and a prosperous country,” he said, adding that the team had decided to sacrifice personal ambitions for the sake of unity.

In the agreement released Thursday, Mudavadi will serve as Premier Cabinet Secretary in charge of Coordination of Government Affairs if NASA wins the August presidential; election.

Senate Minority Leader Moses Wetangula and Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto Isaac Ruto will be Deputy Prime Ministers responsible for Economic sector coordination and Governance and Social Services respectively.


Musyoka said he was aware that the announcement would bring some disappointment to some of their supporters but urged them to remain united.

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He said the focus was on removing the Jubilee Government from power and not competition among themselves.In a move to reassure them that all was well, he said this time, unlike in the past, the Memorandum of Understanding they had all agreed upon has been lodged with Registrar of Political Parties.NASA’s Big Day!“There will be no more political deceit. This is not another MoU,” Musyoka asserted.He even said that he was ready to become a “sweeper” in a NASA Government if it will “give Kenyans back their dignity.””I was ready to carry this flag but I said let see what will happen,” he added.– THE WINNING TEAM –Odinga, the Orange Democratic Movement leader and NASA flag bearer assured supporters that their team would win.Odinga said if elected, his government will be all inclusive and they will consult widely before making any decision.”This will be a transitional and transformative government that will sweep all the dirt brought by the Jubilee Government,” he said.Odinga delivered his speech in his characteristic way using anecdotes and proverbs, all to assure his supporters that he was equal to the task.”I am the first among equals,” he said. “We want to realise the dream our founding fathers. To fight with poverty, ignorance and promote health.”He also said he would focus on reducing the cost of living.– MARGINALIZED AND CORRUPTION –Bomet Governor Ruto said it is only the National Super Alliance that will ensure all communities are treated equally and fight what he termed as rampant corruption in the country.”We will grab back the meat and give it Kenyans come August,” he said.”This country must be lead through a policy that ensures every person live a dignified life.”He cited the recent doctors strike that last for three months saying it was proof that the current government had failed.– POMP AND COLOUR –It was a function full of colour and pomp as NASA supporters awaited the big announcement.Celebrations rent the air after the team was unveiled with some people screaming to the loudest of their voice while other used whistles to amplify their joy.”I knew Jakom (Odinga) will be named the flag bearer… we are optimistic he will win,” one of the supporters told Capital FM News.Another said, “It is only Raila who can defeat Uhuru. We are happy about his endorsement.”Others said life will become ‘bearable’ if NASA wins in August polls.

Kericho Governor Chepkwony Defeats MP in Jubilee Primaries

Photo: Moses Muoki/Capital FM

(file photo)

By Timothy Kemei

Kericho Governor Paul Chepkwony cruised to victory in the contest for the Jubilee ticket beating Ainamoi MP Benjamin Langat, who came a distant fourth.

Prof Chepkwony garnered 124,698 votes while his rival, former National Social Security Fund Managing Trustee Richard Kipkoech had 33,351 votes.

Former Kenya Ports Authority board member Fred Kirui got 22,409 votes while Mr Langat had 18,912.

“I am totally overjoyed and humbled with the level of confidence that Kericho residents continue to have in me and I will keep working towards making Kericho a better place for all. I am grateful that the party held free and fair polls as it had promised us,” said Prof Chepkwony in an interview.

The victory over the Ainamoi MP was perhaps a sweet revenge for Prof Chepkwony, as Mr Langat defeated him in 2008 when they both contested for the parliamentary seat in a by-election following the demise of then area MP David Too.

Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot also won despite stiff challenge from former Roads Minister Franklin Bett and former Tea Research Institute board Chairman Sammy Chepkwony who emerged second and third respectively.

Mr Cheruiyot garnered 99,404 votes during the election while Mr Bett was second with 71,491 votes. Mr Chepkwony had 32,328 votes.

Kericho Women Representative Hellen Chepkwony lost the battle to Florence Kosgei. She garnered 40,942 votes against Mrs Kosgei’s 51,022 votes.

Parliamentary aspirants who won the Jubilee ticket in the county include Jospeh Limo (Kipkelion East), Hillary Kosgei (Kipkelion West), Kiptergech Mutai, (Bureti), Nelson Koech (Belgut), Sylvannus Maritim (Ainamoi) and Justice Kemei (Sigowet/Soin).

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Musila Quits Wiper, Accuses Kalonzo of Mischief After Gubernatorial Loss

By Laban Wanambisi

Nairobi — Senator David Musila has resigned as the Wiper Democratic Party Chairman, a day after Governor Julius Malombe was announced winner of the party’s Kitui nomination.

Musila blamed Wiper Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka for his loss in the contest and promised to consult his supporters on his next political move.

Musila claimed that the party leader ordered the results generated by the governor’s team be announced as legitimate.

The Senator insists he won after garnering 81,234 votes against Malombe’s 70,889 votes.


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Nigeria: ‘Ethiopian Airlines Flew 11,000 Passengers in and Out of Kaduna’

Photo: The Ethiopian

Ethiopian Airlines.

interviewBy Chris Agabi

Ethiopian Airlines was the only foreign airline that operated the Kaduna route when traffic was diverted to allow for repair work on the Abuja airport runway. In this exclusive interview, Mrs Firiehiwot Mekonnen, Traffic and Sales Manager of the airlines, speaks on the impact of the decision on their business, among other issues. Excerpts:

How was the experience as the first international airline to land on the newly resurfaced runway at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Internal Airport Abuja? Especially that you were complemented with water canon ceremony on your new A350 by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Fire Service Department.

After the rehabilitation, Ethiopia was the first to land. As the pilot tried to explain, it was fantastic. The runway and everything was beyond expectations. The pilot said it was world class. That is how he explained it. I cannot say the technical part but it was good. We were the only international carrier that agreed to fly to Kaduna. So I can say that we actually deserve to land first in Abuja.

As a business, it was a very good thing that we landed first. Beyond that, this is the first time our Airbus A350 is coming to Abuja and it is permanently assigned to Abuja. From now on, we are going to operate with Airbus in Abuja. Again, being the first day that Abuja airport was re-opening and being the first that we brought our Airbus, it was an exciting moment for us.

So why did you decide to dedicate a new Airbus A350 to the Abuja route?

We always want to give the best to our Nigerian customers. We have been here for more than 57 years, giving the best service as a pan-African airline. So we have been here through thick and thin. We have passed through several challenges just like the other airlines but we didn’t suspend our flight. We didn’t reduce our flights; instead we have been increasing our frequencies and our products. You know we are flying to Lagos, Abuja, Enugu and Kano. In all these destinations we also have additional aircraft for cargo. It’s not only passengers that we carry. We always give our best to the Nigerian market which is why we are deploying this Airbus to Abuja route permanently.

On the average, daily, how many passengers do you do on the Abuja route?

In and out we do more than 250 passengers per day. But now since we have a bigger aircraft, with a capacity of 343 seats, we are expecting a lot more passengers.

Talking about ET being the only international airline that agreed to fly to Kaduna, what was it that made you take that decision even when the other foreign carriers refused to go? What was your motivation?

Like I explain earlier, Ethiopian Airline is a pan-African airline. We have to be by the side of the government, the public and everybody. So we know that the public needs our services. We did our own inspection on the Kaduna International Airport before we commenced our operations. We advised on what needed to be on the Kaduna airport and they were provided. So everything was okay and that is why we operated to Kaduna.

How rewarding was the Kaduna experience, business wise?

It was fantastic. It was okay. Everything went well. But at first, the traffic was slow. It didn’t pick up the way we expected but later on, it picked very well.

At the end of the six weeks, how many passengers did you process on the Kaduna route?

We processed 11,568 passengers in and out of Kaduna. Out of this 6,456 were outgoing, and 5,112 were incoming passengers.

How much revenue did that fetch you?

In terms of revenue, I have to check. I can’t give you that right now.

The other day the Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, opened a conversation with you on the possibility of retaining the Kaduna route going forward. Can you bring us up on that discussion?

We didn’t go that far. We have started speaking with government but we have to do our own analysis. So once we come up with a decision, you will be the first to know. But so far, we are discussing and trying to see the opportunities.

What new services are you offering Abuja passengers?

It’s a brand new aircraft. You can even smell the plastic. But beyond that, it’s coming with more capacity, more comfort, more leg room, more entertainment and more business class seats. We know that Abuja passengers love to fly business class so we are offering more seats with flat beds and all.

Talking about doing aviation business in Nigeria, what would you say are the challenges you face the most?

Just like all the other airlines, we are facing the challenge of foreign exchange remittance. That is our biggest challenge but I hope things will get better.

Nigerian aviation stakeholders have being advocating for international carriers like Ethiopian Airlines to interline with local carriers. So rather than explore new routes, say Kaduna, why not partner local airlines to feed you in Abuja, Lagos, Kano and Enugu?

Interlining could also be an option. We are just starting the discussion and we didn’t put all the options on the table on how to go about it.

You’ve been here for 57 years and counting, how is your corporate social responsibility programme like?

We are always doing CSR in Nigeria. We have been doing it. We have been sponsoring programmes, donating to charity programmes, women empowerment, and donating to schools. Maybe I will invite you to some of our CSR programmes so you see what we do in giving back to the Nigerian society. We have one programme once in every two months. Sometimes we donate tickets so the tickets can be sold and the monies used for charity programmes. We do that not only in Nigeria but in other markets we do businesses in.

I like you to do a comparative analysis between Nigeria and your other destinations in Africa, which is the most lucrative for you?

Ethiopian Airlines is the leading aviation group in Africa. We do cargo, we do aviation academy, we do catering and we do MRO etc. We are covering most of the African countries. Nigeria has population that is the difference between Nigeria and other African destinations. The Nigerian market is big. Nigeria is the biggest market in Africa for Ethiopian Airlines.

How much do you make say annually from Nigeria?

Let me just leave the figures part for now.

What message would you like to pass to your customers in Nigeria?

We have been here for a long time and connecting the Nigerian people to the world with non-stop and seamless service with the best modern aircraft. Now we are coming with the Airbus, I hope they will enjoy our services. We are also having promotional fares so that everybody can taste our aircraft. We are offering the promotional fares both on economy and business class to any destination we fly to in the world.

Four Nyeri MPs Thrashed By Newcomers in Jubilee Primaries

Photo: Mwangi Ndirangu/Nation

Voters at five polling centres in Laikipia East burnt ballot papers on April 21, 2017 to protest against insufficient polling materials for Jubilee primaries.

By Irene Mugo, Mwanaidi Bakari, Joseph Wangui and Ken Kimanthi

Nyeri voters have kicked out four of the six MPs in the just concluded Jubilee nominations, results trickling in show.

Nyeri Town MP Esther Murugi, Mathira’s Peter Weru, Mukurwe-ini’s Kabando wa Kabando and Othaya MP Mary Wambui were beaten by newcomers in what looks like a new political wind blowing across the region.

In Tetu, the race is neck to neck between incumbent Ndung’u Gethenji and lawyer Gichuhi Mwangi.

The only MP who has a comfortable lead in the ongoing tally is Kieni’s Kanini Kega.

In the parliamentary seat incumbent Peter Weru who quit the party a day to the primaries garnered only 805 votes in 108 polling stations after the tally.

Nyeri former governor Nderitu Gachagua’s brother, Rigathi Gachagua carried the day after garnering 29,215 votes. His closest rival Wambura wa Maranga came in a close second with 25,737 votes.

Second time parliamentary aspirant Cathy Irungu suffered the biggest loss scoring only 623 votes.

All incumbent MCAs in the constituency were thrashed in the primaries by newcomers.

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Former director of political affairs in Raila Odinga’s 2013 presidential campaign secretariat Ngunjiri Wambugu has clinched the Jubilee ticket for Nyeri Town MP.Mr Wambugu garnered 17,517 votes against the incumbent’s Esther Murugi 11,143 votes.Mr Wambugu shed off the opposition tag, which his opponents were riding on and hailed the primaries as credible said he would now focus his energy on campaigning for president Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election in August.”I am now extending a hand of friendship to my colleagues and most importantly, we campaign for President Kenyatta,” he said after he was announced winner in Nyeri town.He promised to make Nyeri town better for the residents. Ms Murugi was eyeing a third term in the national assembly and had made history by being re-elected in a constituency that has distinguished itself for handing legislators only one term to serve. The MP was first elected to Parliament in 2007 on a Party of National Unity ticket.Mr Duncan Mathenge, who served as the late Governor Nderitu Gachagua’s political adviser also lost.Mr Mathenge contested unsuccessfully in 2013 on a Grand National Union party but lost to Ms Murugi.Othaya MP Mary Wambui has lost Jubilee Party ticket to Gichuki Mugambi, her fiercest rival since the last General Election.Ms Wambui garnered 12,524 votes against Mr Mugambi’s 20,228 votes while educationist Ndirangu Gachunia secured a distant third position with 1,169 votes.In the last elections, retired President Mwai Kibaki campaigned for Mr Mugambi’s election on Sabasaba Asili Party but lost to Ms Wambui who was in TNA party.He was a close ally to the retired President as he was the chairman of Othaya Development association (ODA) which was spearheading development projects in the constituency during Kibaki’s tenure as President.Mr Mugambi will now battle for the parliamentary seat with Nairobi-based lawyer Peter King’ara of Democratic Party (DP).Meanwhile, Mukurweini MP Kabando wa Kabando conceded an early defeat in the polls to a Nairobi lawyer Anthony Gathiaka Kiai.”Key indicators compel a gracious concession. Congrats Mr A.G Kiai for winning Jubilee ticket 2017. It has been a pleasure serving you for the past nine years as your MP,” Mr Kabando said in a statement he posted on his Facebook page.The two-term MP attributed his loss to misread of political weather and been so confident.”I was so confident of a triumphing. I misread the political temperatures. I’m now rededicating my focus and energy to the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta,” said the MP.

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