Lamu County Senator Abu Chiaba has announced his retirement from active politics after he suffered a defeat in the race for Jubilee Party ticket in the just concluded nominations exercise.
The veteran politician, who is a close ally of President Uhuru Kenyatta was defeated by Anwar Loitiptip after tallying 3,868 votes against Chiaba's 1,076.
Chiaba conceded defeat upon pronunciation of the final results where he thanked the people for the many years they allowed him serve them. “I have accepted the Lamu people’s choice. I also take this opportunity to thank the people of Lamu for choosing me to represent them for over 20 years as MP and Senator. I wish them well,” stated Chiaba.
The senator has been in active politics since 1992 when he was first elected to parliament as the MP for Lamu East constituency on a KANU ticket.
He was again elected for the same seat in 2002; he later in 2007 joined Party of National Unity (PNU) and successfully defended his seat.
In 2013, the Senator joined President Uhuru’s National Alliance (TNA) party which he used to vie for Lamu Senatorial seat.
He was elected as the first Lamu Senator under the new constitution dispensation.