19 January 2013

Kenya: Ex-Kibaki Aide Faces Arrest Over Poll Chaos

President Kibaki's former aide de camp Geoffery King'ang'i Muturi risks prosecution after his supporters allegedly damaged property and looted the a technical institute after he lost the TNA nominations for Mbeere South parliamentary seat to the incumbent Mutava Musyimi.

According to the results announced by the returning officer Jeremiah Munyi, Musyimi had 9,965 while Kingangi had 5,512.

Mbeere South police boss Bernstein Shari said the they will prosecute King'ang'i since he was present during the chaos and led his supporters in storming the Rwika Intitute of Science and Technology where they damaged property and roughed up election officials and Musyimi's agents at the tallying hall.

The police boss said rowdy youth, led by Kingangi, invaded the institute carrying placards, and sticks before smashing glass doors, plastic seats and tearing ballot papers.

He said they also roughed up the election officials and stole property.

"King'angi was present during all these damages and he did not restrain his suppoters from causing the destruction to private property. I have called my scene of crime officers to do the formal investigations before recording statements from the witnesses and immediately arrest him and his accomplices," said the police boss.

Shari said the former presidential aide de camp arrived at Rwika Institute yesterday morning followed by his supporters claiming he had been rigged out of the TNA's nominations after the results were announced.

He said some of King'ang'i's supporters started pelting the police with stones when they intervened to disperse them. They were finally removed from the venue by police and proceeded to the nearby Rwika market where they demonstrated chanting slogans against Mutava before heading to the Embu Kiritiri highway where some of his supporters started harassing motorists.

Other witnesses said King'ang'i's supporters had started assembling and planning for chaos after the gap between his votes and Musyimi's started widening.

The supporters started complaining over rigging and saying that they would not accept defeat arguing that the elections were flawed and thus the results should be annulled and fresh ones done.

King'ang'i alleged that the entire exercise was a sham as some results had not even tallied at the tallying center.

King'ang'i said that he was contemplating to seek election on another party should the nominations not be nullified until the grievances he had filled are sorted out.

He alleged that his agents were locked up in various police stations within the constituency to facilitate rigging especially in Musyimi's strong holds.

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