Kiraitu wins in Meru

    Meru Senator Kiraitu Murungi addresses faithful at Methodist Church of Kenya, Equator Church during a funds drive on October 30 2016. PHOEBE OKALL (MERU)

    Former cabinet minister Kiraitu Murungi is set to become the second Governor in Meru County. This is according to preliminary results from the IEBC.

    According to the results, as at 5pm, Kiraitu was ahead of his closest challenger Peter Munya by 50,000 votes.

    Kiraitu had garnered 271,140 votes compared to Munya’s 221,591 votes.

    Former assistant minister Kilemi Mwiria was a distant third with 16,596 votes as at 5pm.

    Strikingly, Munya, who had declared support for President Uhuru’s re-election had been endorsed by NASA’s Raila Odinga in a move that was meant to sway his supporters into supporting NASA.

    The wins by Kiraitu has beaten predictions by opinion pollsters who had observed that Munya was going to win.