Longest Serving Politicians Who Lost in 2022 Polls

  • A side-by-side image of outgoing Kitutu Chache MP Jimmy Angwenyi (left) and outgoing Meru governor Kiraitu Murungi.
    A side-by-side image of outgoing Kitutu Chache MP Jimmy Angwenyi (left) and outgoing Meru governor Kiraitu Murungi.
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  • Just days after millions of Kenyans cast their votes, a number of newcomers have stamped their authority in various elective seats, edging out veterans who have been in the political scene for years.

    A majority of these seasoned politicians had exuded confidence that they would emerge victorious, with the hope of extending their winning streaks. However, this was not the case for some of them.

    Kenyans.co.ke takes a look at politicians whose long-winning streaks screeched to a halt after the August 9 polls. 

    Longest serving MP Jimmy Angwenyi loses the Kitutu Chache North parliamentary contest
    Longest serving MP Jimmy Angwenyi loses the Kitutu Chache North parliamentary contest
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    Jimmy Angwenyi

    The long-serving Kitutu Chache Member of Parliament was trounced in the August 9 polls after a 25-year run. 

    The 77-year-old, who vied on a Jubilee Party ticket, lost to United Democratic Alliance's (UDA) Japhet Nyakundi. He garnered 8,260 votes against Nyakundi's 11,834. 

    Angwenyi previously worked as a lecturer at Kenyatta University from 1988 to 1996. 

    Naomi Shaban

    Shaban made history for defying the political odds by serving as the Taita Taveta Member of Parliament for two decades, in a county dominated by male politicians. She rose to that position after winning in the constituency's by-election following the resignation of Basil Criticos. 

    In 2002, she won the seat on a KANU ticket despite strong opposition from her competitors.

    She reclaimed her seat in the 2007 General Election and was also appointed as the Minister for Special Programmes until 2010 when she was moved to the Ministry of Gender and Children Affairs, a position she held until 2013. 

    At the time, she ditched KANU and joined The National Alliance (TNA), recapturing her seat in the process. In 2017, she successfully defended her seat on a Jubilee ticket. In 2022, she however conceded to Wiper party's Bwire Okano.  

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    Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi addresses delegates at the National Miraa Scientific Conference held in Nairobi on Wednesday, October 27, 2021
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    Kiraitu Murungi

    The Meru gubernatorial results surprised many after the outgoing governor, Kiraitu Murungi, was defeated by the county Woman Representative, Kawira Mwangaza. The governor-elect scored 209,158 votes against Kiraitu's 110,850. 

    Kiraitu had made it clear in his campaigns that losing was not an option - with the politician exuding confidence that he would extend his reign. 

    The outgoing governor had never lost an election since 1992 when he clinched the South Imenti parliamentary seat. 

    "I have never lost an election and I won’t lose in 2022. Even those who have been calling me names are welcome to come for political counsel from me," he once stated during a past campaign tour. 

    Victor Munyaka

    The outgoing Machakos Town Member of Parliament was trounced by Caleb Mule of the Maendeleo Chap Chap party in the Tuesday, August 9 polls. Mule garnered 47,596 votes against Munyaka's 20,000. 

    Munyaka, who vied on a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party ticket, sought to be re-elected for the fourth time. He took over as the county's Legislator in 2008 and has been at the helm since then. 

    Machakos Town MP Dr Victor Munyaka in Parliament in March 19, 2019
    Machakos Town MP Dr Victor Munyaka in Parliament in March 19, 2019
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