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Kirinyaga County MPs sent home during Jubilee primaries

Three Members of Parliament were on Tuesday dealt a major blow during the Jubilee nominations in Kirinyaga County.

The lawmakers, Njogu Barua (Gichugu), Peter Gitau (Mwea) and Stephen Ngare (Ndia) lost in the party primaries conducted across the region.

They had earlier expressed confidence that they would triumph but got a rude shock when they were defeated by greenhorns.

Mr Barua was defeated by lawyer Githinji Gichimu who polled 6,825 votes against the incumbent’s 1, 579.

And Mr Gitau was trounced by a computer scientist Mr Kabinga Wathayu during the hotly contested nominations.

Mr Ngare who is seeking a second term was trounced by little known Nairobi businessman, Mr George Kariuki.

The incumbent garnered 5,944 votes while Mr Kariuki polled 9,429 votes during the exercise.

In Kirinyaga Central constituency, lawyer John Munene won the nominations. Mr Munene polled 11, 432 votes while his closet rival Mr Mwai Kabui garnered 11, 297 votes.

Kirinyaga Central MP Joseph Gitari was not defending his seat as he is in the gubernatorial race.