Chama Cha Kazi party leader, Moses Kuria has acknowledged defeat in the Kiambu gubernatorial race before the winner is officially declared by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
Kuria, via his official Facebook page, stated that he enjoyed serving the people of Gatundu as their Member of Parliament (MP) and is now ready to focus on private business.
“I enjoyed every minute of my 8 years in elective politics. Back to the private sector. Happily,” said Kuria yesterday at 11:25 pm.
Kuria was one of six candidates running for the Kiambu gubernatorial seat, hoping to unseat incumbent Kiambu governor James Nyoro, who was seeking re-election.
Former Kiambu governor William Kabogo (Tujibebe Party), former Kiambu Senator Kimani Wamatangi (UDA), Patrick Wainaina Wa Jungle (independent), Juliet Kimemia (KANU), and Mwende Gatabaki(Safina Party) were among the other contenders.
Kuria was elected as Gatundu South MP in an uncontested by-election in 2014, following the death of then-MP Jossy Ngugi.
Elsewhere, long-serving Taveta legislator Naomi Shaban, the MP was the second politician to admit defeat yesterday night.
Shaban, who was running for the fifth time to represent the constituency, congratulated her opponent, Bwire Okano of the Wiper party.
City lawyer Cliff Ombeta also conceded defeat in the Bonchari parliamentary race.
The United Democratic Alliance (UDA) candidate through his social media platforms informed his supporters of the way forward, as well as thank his campaign team for a “job well done.”
“Bonchari had a different vision from mine. Grateful for the run and the experience. Perhaps next time we may have the same view. Bonchari has and always will be in my heart,” Ombeta posted.