25 February 2013

Kenya: Kiraitu, Munya Hand Out Cash to Meru Teachers

Energy minister Kiraitu Murungi, who is running for the Meru county senator and the East African Community Assistant minister Peter Munya, who is vying for governor risks being disqualified by the IEBC after they gave out Sh700,000 to more than 1,000 teachers at a Meru hotel.

The teachers who met at Pig and Whistle Hotel on Saturday pocketed Sh700 each. "Mheshimiwa Munya said whatever I will give you he will add Sh200,000," said Kiraitu at the meeting. "I had thought of giving you Sh400,000, but I will make it Sh500,000 so that total is Sh700,000."

Munya also risks being barred for using a vehicle belonging to the East African Community Assembly to conduct his campaigns.The Elections Act further bars candidates from using state resources to conduct campaigns.

According to the Elections Act of 2011, a candidate who treats or bribes voters stands to be disqualified in the elections.

The matter has elicited mixed feelings from various candidates. Gitobu Imanyara, who is running for senator called on the IEBC to act swiftly and punish anybody who had committed election offence.

Imanyara, however, expressed pessimism whether IEBC will act on the allegations. He faulted the IEBC Central Eastern Coordinator Saadi Noor alleging that he manipulated the election results during the 2007 general election when he was the South Imenti constituency coordinator.

"If there is any action to be taken it has first to come from the IEBC headquarters in Nairobi," said Imanyara. "Noor should be transferred from Meru as the regional coordinator. He was influenced by the same people now committing electoral offences to manipulate the tally of the parliamentary and presidential results in 2007."

Reached for comment, Noor said IEBC will take action once it confirms there is evidence to the allegations.Others who accompanied Kiraitu Murungi, were the Meru women's representative Elizabeth Karambu Kailemia and several county representatives candidates.

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