The lead story in the Sunday Nation of November 21 on the “Winners and losers in the boundaries review” was a distortion of facts for insinuating that the reason I have protested at the exclusion of Dagoretti while allocating new constituencies for Nairobi was because “... I faced fierce competition from my main opponent in the last elections who almost trounced me’’.
My agitation for an extra constituency has been based on the following:
The neighbouring Westlands constituency has almost 100,000 people less than Dagoretti and yet it was allocated an extra constituency.
This gives the population threshold of the two constituencies in the larger Westlands to 123,551 people per constituency which is a deviation of -7 per cent of the population quota.
The other neighbouring constituency, Lang’ata, has a population of 355,188 and was allocated two extra constituencies, bringing the threshold of each of the constituencies to 118,396 people which is a deviation of -11 per cent from the population quota.
Dagoretti constituency with a population of 329,577 people was not allocated an extra constituency.
Its deviation from the population quota is 148 per cent. This translates to unequal representation and inequality in accessing resources such as devolved funds. It is therefore wrong to trivialise a serious matter such as the boundaries.
I would like to put it on record that even the disputed Dagoretti parliamentary votes tally that were announced at Kenyatta International Conference Centre had put me ahead of my competitor at 27,271 against 21,762. This is a difference of 5,509 votes.
Indeed the final tally by the Electoral Commission of Kenya showed that I garnered over 38,968 votes against my rival’s 24,892.
A difference of 14,076 is not what one can term a close race.
I am not fighting for a ‘‘safe constituency’’. I do not fear any political competition. My concerns are based on established facts and the welfare of the people of Dagoretti.
Beth Mugo, Dagoretti MP and Minister for Public Health and Sanitation.