Mother beats son to parliamentary seat in kenya

A Kenyan woman has trounced her son to win a parliamentary seat in south-west Kenya, the Daily Nation reports.

Beatrice Kones was competing against her first-born son, Kipkalya Kones, in the contest in Bomet East, in one of the most watched parliamentary duels in the country because it pitted members of a nuclear family.

Mrs Kones was first elected MP following the death of her husband in a plane crash in Enoosupukia, Narok, but lost in the 2013 election.

She accused the region‘s former governor, who has lost his seat, of sponsoring her son to oppose her “for his selfish gains”.

But her son, who came fourth in the election, says that in 2013, his mother had promised to support his bid this year and that it was time to pursue his dreams.

“I have no personal differences with her. We have not quarreled and there are no disputes away from politics. She remains my good mother,” he said before the poll.