The hotly contested MCA by-election in Buna Batalu has been won by ODM’s Jamal Hassan Abdi. The ODM party garnered 1651 against Jubilee’s 1048 votes. The by-election came about after the supreme court nullification of the 2017 election which the court said was mired in voter irregularities.
The election victory by ODM is seen as a win for the Handshake team of President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga. Some pundits point it as sign of the waning influence of Ruto’s point man Majority Leader Aden Duale in the region.