Outgoing Taita Taveta governor Granton Samboja failed to defend his seat after independent candidate Andrew Mwadime dethroned him.
Mwadime became the first candidate to win the gubernatorial race as an independent candidate in the coast region.
He garnered 49,901 votes to clinch the seat with Samboja of the ruling Jubilee Party coming second with 23,701 votes.Current Taita Taveta Governor Granton Samboja after receiving Jubilee ticket to defend his seat on Saturday, April 16, 2022Jubilee Party
Samboja served as Taita Taveta Governor for one term having been elected on a Wiper party ticket in 2017, general election.
Mwadime is the former Mwatate Member of Parliament holding the position from 2013 to 2022.
The Taita Taveta Gubernatorial race attracted 13 contestants with the likes of former governor John Mruttu of UDA and former senator Dan Mwazo who finished third and fourth respectively.
Mwadime joins the new Meru Governor–elect Kawira Mwangaza who defeated the incumbent Kiraitu Murungi as an independent candidate.
In a county considered an ODM stronghold, Wiper has taken over after clinching three out of four parliamentary seats.
Bwire Okano and Danson Mwashako of Wiper were declared winners of the Taveta and Wundanyi MP seats.
In Voi constituency Wiper's Hamisi Chome defeated incumbent Jones Mlolwa.
Jubilee Party’s Peter Shake was declared the MP-elect for Mwatate succeeding the outgoing MP Andrew Mwadime who is now the Governor-elect.Taita Taveta Governor Granton Samboja speaking before the Senate's Committee on County Public Accounts and Investments on August 28, 2018.Daily Nation
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