Monday, August 11, 2008


Although Kamukunji is bigger than Eastleigh where many Somalis live, but of late, Kamukunji has been seen to mean Eastleigh.

During Last year parliamentary elections, two Kenyan somalis went for a seat which they would have easily grabbed. Ibrahim Ahmed aka "Johnny" was a favourite although in came, one little known, Abdi Yussuf of ODM-Kenya who spoilt it.

Yesterday, the returning officer under instruction to declare the results, announced that PNU’s Simon Mbugua the winner of last year’s parliamentary contest in Nairobi’s Kamukunji constituency.

Mr Mbugua was announced to have garnered 22,614 votes in the December polls to beat his ODM rival Ibrahim Hamed of ODM who got 16,016 votes. The other key contender, Mr Abdi Yusuf Hassan of ODM-Kenya, garnered 7,200.

The results were, however, immediately rejected by the ODM party with its candidate announcing that he would launch a petition challenging Mr Mbugua’s win. Mr Ahmed and his supporters who included nominated MP Rachel Shebesh said that they could not accept that results announced at the Shauri Moyo Social Hall because they were “irregular”.

The tallying exercise was cancelled on December 28, last year, following alleged attempts to introduce fresh ballot papers in some boxes. On July 29 this year, the High Court ordered the Electoral Commission of Kenya (ECK) to complete the tallying and announce the winner.