McDonald Mariga, the Jubilee Party candidate in the Kibra parliamentary by-election has conceded defeat.
Mariga phoned his Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) rival Imran Okoth on Thursday night to congratulate him for the victory even before the final results are announced by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
"Ni Mariga, nimepiga nikuambie congratulations. Kura imekua poa hatujapigana, meeting tulikuwa pamoja na pia niko ready for lunch," Mariga told Imran in a call.
"After the election, we should go back to our past life and strengthen our friendship. I will offer you maximum support," Mariga added.
Taking to Twitter, Imran acknowledged his Mariga’s congratulatory message noting: "I'm humbled to have received a congratulatory call from @MarigaOfficial . That’s the spirit of politics. I promise to move forward with every interested party for the good of our people. God bless Kibra."
Unconfirmed results show Imran garnered slightly above 30,000 votes in the Thursday by-election followed by Mariga at about 17,000 votes while ANC’s Eliud Owalo was third with about 8,000 votes.