Agnes Kavindu Muthama has been sworn in as Machakos Senator.
Kavindu who was sworn in on Tuesday replaces the late Boniface Kabaka who passed away last December.
She becomes the fourth elected female senator since the enactment of the 2010 Constitution.
Earlier today, Sen Agnes Kavindu Muthama took Oath of Office as Senator for Machakos County. Sen @Kavindumuthama becomes the 4th Elected Woman Senator; bringing the total number of women Senators to 22. The Senate therefore is in compliance with the Two-thirds Gender Principle. pic.twitter.com/tqwOx7A4en
— Senate of Kenya (@Senate_KE) March 23, 2021
In attendance for her swearing-in at Senate was Wiper Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Senators Mutula Kilonzo (Makueni) and Enoch Wambua (Kitui).
The Wiper Party Candidate won the Machakos Senatorial by-election by a landslide margin on March 19, 2021.
Kavindu, the estranged wife of Kalonzo’s political nemesis Johnstone Muthama won the seat by a massive margin garnering 104, 352 votes tallied in all eight constituencies.
While announcing the results, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) returning officer Joyce Wamalwa decried low voter turnout that was put at 20.95 per cent urging candidates and stakeholders to sensitize the electorate on the need to vote.
Kavindu, in her victory speech, thanked Machakos residents and the Wiper Party for the opportunity to serve as the Senator of Machakos County, pledging to deliver on her promises as well as supporting the President in his development agenda.
“I thank Machakos residents for electing me I will not fail them,” she said
Kavindu took the oath in a brief ceremony presided over by Speaker Kenneth Lusaka who congratulated the new lawmaker on her election and welcomed her to the House.