The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Bichage Sets History As the Shortest Serving MP

Nyaribari Chache parliamentary loser Chris Bichage has set a record as the shortest serving MP in the history of Kenya. Bichage unsuccessfully contested the Monday 30, by-election on the ODM ticket. He had served the constituency for three months a court nulliied his March 4 victory.

Pertitioner Ford People's Richard Tong'i beat Bichage in the mini poll. Tong'i bagged 10,100 against Bichage's 9,712 votes. Tongi 40, decamped to Ford People from Wiper, a coalition member of Cord. He claimed ODM had single handedly picked Bichage without going through a nomination process.Tongi eventually won in Monday's by-election.

TNA's Robert Monda gannered 9,262 votes to emerge third.Others in the race were Ben Mogaka (KSC), James Kenani (NLP, Rael Otundo (Narc-K), Jared Arasa (KNC). Monda goes down in history as the only MP who has served the constituency for a single term.

The Nyaribari Chache by-election was the second loss to ODM and Cord after the party's candidate in the Bomachoge by-election, Peter Kimori lost to TNA's Joel Onyacha.Onyancha beat Kimori by less than 500 votes after gannering 10, 483 votes against Kimori's 10, 052.

In his victory speech at Keumbu Social Hall, Tong'i thanked the electorate for vindicating his claim that he had been denied victory during the March 4 polls.He commended Justice Edward Muriithi for order a fresh election after anomalies were detected. Only Otundo and were present during the counting process. Bichage and Monda who took the second and third positions never showed up.

However Bichage was represented by MPs Simon Ogari(Bomachoge Chache), Richard Onyonka (Kistutu Chache South), Mary Otara(Kisii), Alice Chae (Nyamira), Dennitah Ghati(Migori) and ODM executive director Magerer Langat who conceded defeat and congratulated Tong'i for his success.

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