The Star (Nairobi)

7 December 2012

Kenya: Loser Demands Back Poll Gift From His Voter

There is nothing for free, is the harsh reality that dawned on one Kangema voter. A loser in the recent by-election Muturi Kigano yesterday dragged a former supporter to the local police station to get back a power saw he had given him.

The lawyer come politician wanted Elias Thuo failed to deliver the vote for him in a by-election won by TNA's Tirus Ngahu.

There was a bitter exchange of words between the two when Thuo said Kigano gave him the power saw in exchange for his support, adding that he will not return it because he had honoured his part of the deal.

He said Kigano started demanding back the power saw soon after he lost in the poll in which he came fourth. "He gave me the power saw after I promised to campaign for him. I was not meant to return if he lost," said Thuo.

Thuo, who was protesting his arrest, said Muturi had given the saw to assisting him earn a living after the campaigns. However, the Nairobi-based lawyer denied that he had given Thuo the power saw for good.

Kigano denied giving it out the power saw for political reasons, adding that he gave it to Thuo to use being sacked from his previous job.

He said took the matter to the police after Thuo became hostile and refused to return the power saw. OCS Tom Too said Muturi sought police intervention to get back the power saw worth Sh52,000.

However, it emerged that Thuo had sold the power saw to another person, but police traced the buyer, who gave it back to Kigano.

The drama had attracted many residents, who were keen to watch the unfolding drama. They demanded for immediate release of Thuo with some of them saying they saw Kigano giving Thuo the power saw during the by-election after the death former MP John Michuki in February.

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