Women Who Braved it To Clinch Senate Seats

  • A collage of Nakuru senator-elect Tabitha Karanja (left), Machakos senator-elect Agnes Kavindu (center) and Isiolo senator-elect Fatuma Gullo (right)
    A collage of Nakuru senator-elect Tabitha Karanja (left), Machakos senator-elect Agnes Kavindu (center) and Isiolo senator-elect Fatuma Gullo (right)
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  • More women won elective seats in the August 9 polls, with Nakuru County standing out for voting in a female governor, senator, woman representative and four members of parliament (MP). 

    In the senatorial races across the country, Nakuru senator-elect Tabitha Karanja, Isiolo's Fatuma Dullo and Machakos senator-elect Agnes Kavindu were among the leaders who faced stiff opposition. 

    In retrospect, the total number of female senators in the concluded 2022 General Election equals that of 2017. 

    Deputy President William Ruto (right) welcomes Tabitha Karanja to UDA on Wednesday, January 26, 2021.
    Deputy President William Ruto (right) welcomes Tabitha Karanja to UDA on Wednesday, January 26, 2021.
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    Tabitha Karanja

    The United Democratic Alliance (UDA) politician garnered 442,864 votes defeating Jubilee's Lawrence Karanja with 163,625 votes to clinch the senator's seat.

    Other candidates in the race included John Mututho of ODM, Daniel Kimani of Ford Kenya, Michael Wechuli of ANC, and five independent candidates Chrispus Wathimba, Koigi Wamwere, Abednego Gathenya, Boniface Mwai, and Thomas Mwangi.

    Karanja succeeds Susan Kihika who was elected governor

    Fatuma Dullo

    The Jubilee Party senator fought fiercely to defend her seat in Isiolo county. She amassed 29,671 votes defeating Mohamed Nur Ibrahim an independent candidate with 23,432 votes.

    The Isiolo senatorial race attracted other two candidates, outgoing Isiolo Speaker Hussein Roba and deputy governor Abdi Issa.

    Dullo also served as the deputy majority leader in the Senate. She will be working with Isiolo governor-elect Abdi Guyo.

    Agnes Kavindu

    Kavindu was first elected as Machakos senator in 2017. She retained her seat after amassing 155,883 votes flooring ODM's Urbanus Mutunga Muthama who had 65,606 votes.

    The senator-elect will work together with Wavinya Ndeti who won the Machakos gubernatorial race. 

    An image of Agnes Kavindu Muthama
    An image of Agnes Kavindu Muthama
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