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Sunkuli returns to parliament after a 20-year absence

Former Legislator Julius Sunkuli has made a comeback on the political arena after a 20-year absence.

Sunkuli who last represented Kilgoris Constituency between 1997-2002, clinched the seat on a KANU ticket after defeating eight other aspirants in a hotly contested seat.

He had served in other high-profile positions in the previous regimes among them internal security minister and Kenya’s ambassador to China.

The outgoing legislator Gideon Konchellah who decided to try his luck in the Narok County senatorial race, held the seat for 20 years since taking it over from Sunkuli.

In the results announced by Kilgoris Constituency Returning Officer Lilian Lillumah, Sunkuli garnered 20,293 votes beating off competition from his closest competitor John Lekakeny Ololtua (UDA) who got 16,713 votes.

Shadrack Olongui Sabaya (Jubilee) came third with 12,957 votes while Joel Tasur (Independent) came fourth with 1,889 votes. Former NEMA boss Dalton Oloishiro Konchellah (Ubuntu Party) followed closely with 1,882 votes.

Moses Ronkoe (Independent) followed with 1,379 votes, Richard Kelele (Independent) 621 votes, Johanna Langat (Independent) 333 votes whereas Joshua Partumai (DAP-K) came last with 262 votes.

In his victory speech, Sunkuli thanked his family and the electorate for the support and trust. Hailing his opponents for carrying out mature and issue-based politics, Sunkuli promised to bring all of them on board for the betterment of region.

“I will work together with everyone and all government personnel to ensure improved living standards of our people,” he said promising to ensure Kilgoris is a welcoming and peaceful place for people from all walks of life.

By Isaiah Nayika

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