Danson Mwashako Mwakuwona of Wiper has retained his Wundanyi parliamentary seat after staving off stiff competition.
Mwakuwona waged a bruising political battle that saw Taita Taveta County Governor, Granton Samboja Graham, throw his weight behind Justin Mwachia for the Wundanyi seat.
Mwashako garnered 15,210 votes and pulled clear of his closest rival, Justin Mwachia, who managed to get 4,911 votes.
The political temperatures in the hilly constituency had soared with some pundits forecasting a tough battle for the incumbent.
Speaking at Wundanyi town, a jovial Mwashako thanked the electorate for entrusting him with the parliamentary seat and promised to deliver in his second term.
“I can’t thank you enough. Again, you’ve trusted me to be your MP and I do not take anything for granted. You have my thanks and may God bless you so much,” said Mwashako amidst cheers from his supporters.
Coming a distant third was Dennis Mwakwida who managed 186 votes, despite expectations that he would give the two frontrunners a race for their money.
Mwashako will now be a second-term MP and has promised to keep doing the good work he had started for his constituents.
“You’ve given me the authority to carry on the good work we’ve been doing. I won’t let you down,” added Mwashako.
By Arnold Linga Masila