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Nairobi Woman Rep Loser Nganga Arrested Over Tallying Centre Chaos

By Simon Ndonga

Nairobi — Nairobi Woman Representative loser in the Jubilee primaries Wangui Nganga was arrested Thursday night for causing disturbances at the Nyayo Stadium tallying Centre.

According to police, she caused fracas at the centre before being detained to the Lang’ata Police Station at midnight.

Police stated that she was being interrogated and is expected to appear in court soon.

The incumbent Rachel Shebesh won the ticket with 91,766 votes, followed by Millicent Omanga with 53,734 votes.

Karen Nyamu came third with 36,828 votes.

Bishop Margaret Wanjiru who lost in the governor’s race is also detained at Kileleshwa Police Station until Tuesday after she was charged for destruction of voting materials.

Bishop Wanjiru denied the charge was but was denied bail until Tuesday after a request by the prosecution.

She allegedly stormed the City Park polling station with her supporters.

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Sonko Beats Kenneth in Jubilee’s Nairobi Governorship Race

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President Uhuru Kenyatta chats with Charles Njagua after a press briefing at Jubilee Party headquarters in Nairobi on April 27, 2017.

By Brian Moseti

Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko has won the Nairobi Jubilee gubernatorial nominations.

Senator Sonko got 138, 185 votes against Peter Kenneth’s 62, 504 and Bishop Margaret Wanjiru’s 7, 654 votes; in 17 constituencies.

In the senatorial race, Mr Johnson Sakaja is leading with 106, 469 in 14 constituencies, Richard Kavemba is second with 10, 729 and Mr Badi Ali third with 9, 079.

In the Nairobi Women Representative nominations, Mrs Rachel Shebesh is also leading with 61,445 followed by Mrs Millicent Omanga with 39,634 while Ms Karen Nyamu has 28,502 votes.

Earlier, Mrs Shebesh stormed Nyayo Indoor Gymnasium at Nyayo Stadium, where the tallying is taking place.

She claimed that her votes in Embakasi North were being stolen and added onto Mrs Omanga’s.

“I will stay here and stop this process until you tell me what’s going on and why my votes are being stolen,” said an agitated Mrs Shebesh who was then escorted to record a statement at Nyayo Stadium Police post.

She later left with her supporters to Jubilee headquarters to lodge a complaint.

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Bishop Wanjiru to Spend 5 Nights Behind Bars Over Poll Chaos

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Bishop Margaret Wanjiru

By Racheal Mburu

Nairobi — Bishop Margret Wanjiru will spend five nights behind bars following a decision by Nairobi Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi to deny her bail.

This is after the court concurred with the prosecution that Bishop Wanjiru is likely to interfere with potential witnesses who are yet to record statements with investigating officers.

Bishop Wanjiru was charged earlier in the day with two counts of damaging property and creating disturbance.

Wanjiru was accused of wilfully and unlawfully damaging four ballot papers worth Sh30,000 at City Park Market Jubilee Party polling station.

The Woman of God denied creating disturbance by forcefully storming the polling station and disrupting the ongoing process for the Jubilee Party nominations.

Bishop Wanjiru will however be locked up at the Kileleshwa Police Station on medical grounds after her advocate told the court that she is unwell.

But the court directed the church minister to provide medical statements to support her claims, failure to which she will be remanded at the Langata Women’s Prison.

The magistrate said he reached the decision as a measure to stop a repeat of 2007/08 poll violence.

“Stern action has to be taken to avoid a repeat of the elections which were characterised by violence,” he ruled.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses workers at the United Aryan EPZ factory, Baba Dogo, Nairobi County on April 12, 2017.

Thika — President Uhuru Kenyatta has dismissed the NASA power-sharing line-up as nothing more than a ploy to create jobs for its leading figures.

He said the Opposition politicians have lost focus of what leadership means by wasting their energy on how to create positions of power for themselves rather than spending their efforts to improve the welfare of Kenyans.

He said the Opposition has been hoodwinking Kenyans for a long time with a promise to provide an alternative only to end up with a blueprint for jobs for themselves.

“This was never about the country. It was about giving jobs to themselves instead of the millions of Kenyans who need jobs,” he said.

President Kenyatta said the Opposition leaders have also demonstrated they do not promote growth of democracy and respect for the Constitution by including non-constitutional positions in their line-up to hoodwink Kenyans.

“While they are lying to each other about Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister’s positions which is not in the Constitution, we in the Jubilee Party are committed to entrenching democracy to develop the country,” said the President.

He said the Jubilee Party has demonstrated its interest in deepening democracy by conducting free, fair and transparent nominations.

In contrast, the Opposition has conducted shambolic nominations that ended in anarchy and where certificates were dished out to preferred candidates, said the President.

President Kenyatta spoke when he toured his populous Kiambu home county where he addressed thousands of residents and thanked them for turning up in large numbers to participate in the nominations.

He also thanked the residents for exercising their democratic rights to give him a new team to participate in the August 8th elections.

Deputy President William Ruto said the difference between the Jubilee Party and the Opposition in terms of promoting democracy was clear like night and day.

He said the Jubilee Party has conducted transparent nominations where voters have made real choices whereas the Opposition literally auctioned nomination certificates.

The DP also dismissed the Opposition line-up as worthless as far as the progress of Kenya is concerned.

“There is a difference between sharing positions between the elite and creating wealth for our people,” said the Deputy President.

The Deputy President said the Opposition has for more than a year promised Kenyans they would announce a new line-up but ended up naming the same people who vied for elections in 2013.

“These are people who are only interested in fake stories and lofty positions,” said the Deputy President.

The President and the DP were accompanied by a host of leaders including Governors Ken Lusaka (Bungoma), Hussein Dado (Tana River), Salim Mvurya (Kwale) and Taita Taveta Senator Dan Mwazo.

They were also accompanied by candidates nominated for various positions in Kiambu County led by Ferdinand Waititu who is vying for the governorship on a Jubilee ticket.

The President addressed rallies in Githurai, Ruiru, Juja and Thika town.

How Alliance Leaders Broke Deadlock On Flag Bearer Choice

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Nasa leaders from left: Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetang’ula, Isaac Ruto, Musalia Mudavadi and Raila Odinga at Uhuru Park on April 27, 2017.

By Peter Leftie By Dennis Odunga

The main Opposition alliance yesterday sought to project a picture of unity and collegiate leadership as Mr Raila Odinga and Mr Kalonzo Musyoka were unveiled as the presidential election flag-bearers.

The duo will be taking on the Jubilee pair of President Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto for the second time after the 2013 defeat.

In his acceptance speech before a large crowd at Nairobi’s Uhuru Park, Mr Odinga made a point of affirming he will serve just one term if elected.

SUITABLE COMBINATION

He told the National Super Alliance (Nasa) rally that he would only be a transitional president and would hand over power at the end of the term.

That appeared to be one of the key points of the lengthy negotiations that sought to find a place for all five members of the Nasa leadership.

It has now emerged that it was Mr Odinga’s offer on Wednesday morning not to seek a second term that broke the deadlock on who would be the National Super Alliance flag-bearer.

The Nation learnt from sources close to the five Nasa co-principals that leaders were stuck with three options on the table on which pairing was best suited to face Jubilee in the August elections.

TRANSITION PRESIDENT

At the time, Mr Odinga, Amani National Congress’s Musalia Mudavadi and Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka were all in for the ticket.

Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetang’ula had thrown in the towel in support of Mr Odinga while Chama Cha Mashinani’s Isaac Ruto was neutral.

“The deal breaker was when Raila offered to serve as a transition President for one term and not to run again. Issues of age also came in and the two (Kalonzo and Mudavadi) were finally broken,” sources said.

Even as they agreed, Mr Mudavadi and Mr Musyoka insisted that the deal must be “put in writing” and the entire agreement made public to avoid past cases of back-tracking.

“That is why as the principals were at Uhuru Park, the legal instruments were being deposited with the Registrar of Political Parties. No one can go back on the agreement,” the source said.

DEBATED PAIRING

The options on the table at the time were Mr Musyoka as the president with Mr Mudavadi as the running mate; the second had Mr Mudavadi as the flag-bearer with Mr Musyoka as his deputy; while the third option was Mr Odinga as the torch-bearer with the Wiper leader as the running mate.

It was clear from speeches at Uhuru Park that premium was given to agreements that cannot easily be trashed as has been witnessed with previous coalition and power-sharing agreements.

Mr Odinga said they had all signed the legal documents to back up their coalition agreement and there would be no room for backtracking.

However, questions still remained on the value of agreements that can only be implemented within the prevailing Constitution where Executive authority is still the preserve of the president.

JOURNEY TO CANAAN

Already, some Jubilee rivals have trashed Nasa’s proposal to create the post of Premier and Deputy Premier Cabinet Secretaries as an unconstitutional device to bring back the discarded office of Prime Minister.

Speaking in Kiswahili at exactly 4.27 pm, Mr Odinga, the ODM leader, chose to go biblical, describing himself as the Joshua who would lead Kenyans from Egypt to Canaan — the promised land.

“Mimi nitakuwa Joshua wa kuwaongoza wa Kenya kuvuka River Jordan hadi Canaan (I will be Joshua who will lead Kenyans to cross River Jordan to Canaan),” he said.

“Tukishafika Canaan, kazi yangu itakuwa imekwisha (Once in Canaan, I will have accomplished my task),” he went on.

DIVISION OF LABOUR

In the Nasa line-up, Mr Musyoka will be Mr Odinga’s running mate and designated Deputy President.

Mr Mudavadi will take up the post of Premier Cabinet Secretary in charge of the overall coordination of government and will also be in charge of the Internal security docket.

Under the office of the Premier Cabinet Secretary will be two deputy premier Cabinet Secretaries, reserved for Mr Wetang’ula in charge of economic sector coordination ministries; while Chama Cha Mashinani leader Isaac Ruto is deputy premier Cabinet Secretary responsible for ministries in charge of governance and devolution.

In a well-choreographed event designed to manage expectations from their respective backyards, the five principals took turns to stress the need for the opposition to go to the August 8 election as a united front.

UNITED FRONT

Mr Wetang’ula set the ball rolling when he stressed that whoever is picked as the opposition flag-bearer would just be the first among equals.

“This team is a team. The person we are going to pick as our flag-bearer is the first among equals. He is the captain of a team with many superstars,” he said before inviting Mr Ruto to address the gathering.

The Bomet governor took time to list the many ills that he said had been caused by the Jubilee administration and caused laughter when he apologised to the gathering for having voted for the Jubilee government in the last election.

Then came Mr Mudavadi, the man who had been tasked with unveiling the lineup and the one credited with coming up with the Nasa acronym early this year.

Waving a white A-4 size envelope, the ANC leader lit up the crowd when he stated that it contained the eagerly awaited line-up.

“Hii bahasha ambayo nimeshika ni bahasha ambayo imebeba yote. Hii bahasha siyo bahasha ya Ocampo bali ni bahasha ya Nasa (This envelope I’m carrying is not the Ocampo envelope, it is a Nasa envelope),” he said to deafening cheers.

HONOUR ACCORD

He first read a prepared speech explaining the reasoning behind the formation of the opposition coalition and the need for personal sacrifices to realise the Nasa dream.

“When I formed Nasa, I never had ‘Me’ in mind. I had ‘We’ in mind. I had ‘You’ in mind. I had ‘Us’ in mind. And finally I had Kenya in mind,” he said.

Under the agreement, all decisions will be made through consultation and concurrence of partner parties.

Mr Musyoka stressed the need for all Nasa affiliate parties to honour the agreement.

He revisited past Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs), which had been broken due to greed and dishonesty.

PAST AGREEMENT

He singled out the dishonoured 2002 MoU between then LDP and National Alliance Party of Kenya, which formed the National Rainbow Coalition under President Kibaki.

“What killed the Summit was dishonesty from day one. I and my brother Raila sent Uncle Moody [Awori] to the President to convene the Summit.

“I remember [State House Comptroller] Matere Keriri telling Raila that ‘if I were you, I would concentrate on my ministerial duties because there is no more Summit,”‘ he recounted.

Additional reporting by Bernard Namunane

Four Nyeri MPs Thrashed By Newcomers in Jubilee Primaries

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Voters at five polling centres in Laikipia East burnt ballot papers on April 21, 2017 to protest against insufficient polling materials for Jubilee primaries.

By Irene Mugo, Mwanaidi Bakari, Joseph Wangui and Ken Kimanthi

Nyeri voters have kicked out four of the six MPs in the just concluded Jubilee nominations, results trickling in show.

Nyeri Town MP Esther Murugi, Mathira’s Peter Weru, Mukurwe-ini’s Kabando wa Kabando and Othaya MP Mary Wambui were beaten by newcomers in what looks like a new political wind blowing across the region.

In Tetu, the race is neck to neck between incumbent Ndung’u Gethenji and lawyer Gichuhi Mwangi.

The only MP who has a comfortable lead in the ongoing tally is Kieni’s Kanini Kega.

In the parliamentary seat incumbent Peter Weru who quit the party a day to the primaries garnered only 805 votes in 108 polling stations after the tally.

Nyeri former governor Nderitu Gachagua’s brother, Rigathi Gachagua carried the day after garnering 29,215 votes. His closest rival Wambura wa Maranga came in a close second with 25,737 votes.

Second time parliamentary aspirant Cathy Irungu suffered the biggest loss scoring only 623 votes.

All incumbent MCAs in the constituency were thrashed in the primaries by newcomers.

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Former director of political affairs in Raila Odinga’s 2013 presidential campaign secretariat Ngunjiri Wambugu has clinched the Jubilee ticket for Nyeri Town MP.Mr Wambugu garnered 17,517 votes against the incumbent’s Esther Murugi 11,143 votes.Mr Wambugu shed off the opposition tag, which his opponents were riding on and hailed the primaries as credible said he would now focus his energy on campaigning for president Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election in August.”I am now extending a hand of friendship to my colleagues and most importantly, we campaign for President Kenyatta,” he said after he was announced winner in Nyeri town.He promised to make Nyeri town better for the residents. Ms Murugi was eyeing a third term in the national assembly and had made history by being re-elected in a constituency that has distinguished itself for handing legislators only one term to serve. The MP was first elected to Parliament in 2007 on a Party of National Unity ticket.Mr Duncan Mathenge, who served as the late Governor Nderitu Gachagua’s political adviser also lost.Mr Mathenge contested unsuccessfully in 2013 on a Grand National Union party but lost to Ms Murugi.Othaya MP Mary Wambui has lost Jubilee Party ticket to Gichuki Mugambi, her fiercest rival since the last General Election.Ms Wambui garnered 12,524 votes against Mr Mugambi’s 20,228 votes while educationist Ndirangu Gachunia secured a distant third position with 1,169 votes.In the last elections, retired President Mwai Kibaki campaigned for Mr Mugambi’s election on Sabasaba Asili Party but lost to Ms Wambui who was in TNA party.He was a close ally to the retired President as he was the chairman of Othaya Development association (ODA) which was spearheading development projects in the constituency during Kibaki’s tenure as President.Mr Mugambi will now battle for the parliamentary seat with Nairobi-based lawyer Peter King’ara of Democratic Party (DP).Meanwhile, Mukurweini MP Kabando wa Kabando conceded an early defeat in the polls to a Nairobi lawyer Anthony Gathiaka Kiai.”Key indicators compel a gracious concession. Congrats Mr A.G Kiai for winning Jubilee ticket 2017. It has been a pleasure serving you for the past nine years as your MP,” Mr Kabando said in a statement he posted on his Facebook page.The two-term MP attributed his loss to misread of political weather and been so confident.”I was so confident of a triumphing. I misread the political temperatures. I’m now rededicating my focus and energy to the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta,” said the MP.

Kenyatta, Odinga Allies Kicked out in Party Primaries

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Voters at five polling centres in Laikipia East burnt ballot papers on April 21, 2017 to protest against insufficient polling materials for Jubilee primaries.

By Nation Team

Allies of President Kenyatta and Nasa co-principal Raila Odinga have been voted out by a seemingly decisive public in the Jubilee and ODM nominations which have been marked with violence, chaos and confusion.

In Kiambu, voters overwhelmingly voted out Governor William Kabogo in favour of Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu.

Six MPs were also kicked out in the Jubilee Party nominations in President Kenyatta’s backyard.

Among the MPs kicked out was Kiambu Woman Rep Anna Nyokabi, a relative of President Kenyatta, who lost by a huge margin to radio journalist Gathoni Wamuchomba.

Ms Wamuchomba garnered 374,306 votes to Ms Nyokabi’s measly 26,768 votes.

Ruiru MP Esther Gathogo lost to businessman N’gan’ga Kin’gara while Limuru’s John Kiragu lost the ticket to former MP Peter Mwathi.

ACTIVE PARTICIPANT

MP Njoroge Baiya, an active participant in the National Assembly debates, lost to newcomer Kago Wa Lydia.

In Nyanza, Mr Odinga’s allies were easily beaten in the ODM nominations by newcomers.

Those kicked out are Mr Odinga’s elder brother Oburu Oginga (Nominated), Jakoyo Midiwo (Gem) and Nicholas Gumbo, who was seeking the Siaya governor seat.

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Jubilee Nominations Kick Off in Nairobi

By Nation Team

Jubilee nominations kicked off in Nairobi County on Wednesday with the party announcing that it will use party’s member register in the exercise.

Voters queued in the polling stations to pick their preferred candidate amid tight security.

The party’s National Elections Board chairperson Andrew Musangi said the party will not use identity cards as announced earlier this week.

He said the party has instructed presiding officers to only use its members list as it has credible intelligence of attempts to “infiltrate” its nominations in Nairobi.

“We have made this decision after high level consultations and it is important to protect party from infiltration,” Mr Musangi told journalists at Jubilee headquarters in Pangani, Nairobi.

Nairobi Gubernatorial and aspirant Peter Kenneth at Bahati Primary School where he voted during the Jubilee Party nominations on April 26,2017. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Earlier, some aspirants had complained that voters were being turned away as their names were missing from the party’s list.

There was a brief confrontation between Senator Mike Sonko, who is seeking the party’s ticket to contest for governorship, and a returning officer at Bahati Primary School over the missing names.

Mr Sonko claimed that voters whose names were not in the list were not allowed to vote.

The party’s National Elections Board had earlier this week allowed voters to use their identification cards while voting in case their names are not in the register.

Another aspirant for Nairobi governor Peter Kenneth alleged there is lack of “uniformity” in voting in polling stations.

He said he has petitioned the Jubilee secretariat to check why some clerks are filling out names of voters by hand.

Earlier, one person died and another seriously injured after being stabbed by supporters of a parliamentary aspirant in Pangani.

The two were posting campaign posters on a wall near the Pangani Girls High School Wednesday morning when a group affiliated to another aspirant attacked them.

Nairobi County Police Commander Japheth Koome said the two were stabbed using a knife and while they were crossing the road to escape from the attackers, one of them was knocked by a car and was rushed to hospital where he was confirmed dead.

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Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka faulted the continued presence of Kenyan troops in Somalia and said it is unwise and is creating unnecessary problems for the country.

“What’s our benefit as a country? Many of our soldiers are losing their lives and many are missing. Their families are in anguish and all that for what?” he asked.

Speaking in Lamu on Friday, Kalonzo said the decision by President Mwai Kibaki to send the KDF troops in 2012 was meant to be temporary, with the main objective of restoring peace, after which the soldiers were to head back to Kenya.

He said the Jubilee government is keeping the troops in Somalia when Kenya itself is in dire need of their services.

Kalonzo said insecurity and graft at the hands of the Jubilee administration is proof that President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto are incapable of successfully running the republic.

Kalonzo said the NASA administration would bring down the cost of living, which has soared considerably.

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Govt Vows to Stop Poll Violence

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Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery addresses the media at Harambee House, Nairobi, on April 24, 2017. With him is Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet.

By Fred Mukinda

The government on Monday stepped in to stop the violence that has characterised ongoing party nominations as one person was killed in Homa Bay and others injured in the battle to be on the ballot in August.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery said while the national government had kept off the nominations, it would now restore order because it was clear parties were unable to control their supporters.

He directed police to quickly enforce the law by arresting those involved in electoral violence.

“Taking cognisance of the principle of separation of powers, the national government has steered clear of party primaries. Going by the number of incidents of chaos and violence, the government has decided to step in and take decisive action to maintain peace and stability,” he said at Harambee House, Nairobi, as a man died after being run over by a car in Homa Bay during chaotic nominations.

Mbita MP Millie Odhiambo reported the death at Homa Bay Police Station, saying the deceased was her supporter.

SUPPORTERS INJURED

“He was knocked down by a vehicle belonging to one of my rivals which had been trailing me. They also attacked my motorcade and shattered the windscreen of my vehicle. Some of my supporters were also injured during the incident,” she said.

Homa Bay County police boss John Omusanga confirmed the death, saying they were investigating it.

“We have received the report on one death and launched immediate investigations,” he said.

In Mombasa, Changamwe MP Omar Mwinyi was arrested and briefly detained at Port Police Station before being released on bond.

He was later taken to the Mombasa Law Courts to face violence charges.

In Kirinyaga, chaos, delays and confusion marked the much-publicised repeat of Jubilee Party nominations in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s stronghold.

BALLOT PAPERS

At Rukenya Primary School polling station in Gichugu constituency, voters set ballot papers ablaze, protesting at the missing names of eight aspirants seeking to be elected members of county assembly.

Trouble started when the polling clerks and the presiding officer opened the cartons containing the ballot materials and noticed that the names of eight ward representative aspirants were missing. They informed the voters about the anomaly and urged them to be patient.

But the voters turned rowdy, accusing the officials of trying to rig the nominations.

In Trans Nzoia County, chaos erupted after voters complained about the lack of ballot papers for gubernatorial aspirants after Ford-Kenya handed the area Governor Patrick Khaemba a direct ticket.

They set ballot papers ablaze in protest.

PROVIDE SECURITY

Maj Gen (Rtd) Nkaissery directed the police to provide security without favouring any political party or aspirant.

He cited cases where some police officers had been accused of barring poll agents from entering polling stations.

In another case, a senior Administration police officer was found working as a presiding officer at a polling station. Maj Gen (Rtd) Nkaissery said action would be taken against the officer.

“Police officers who will be found to be partisan will be dealt with in accordance with the Service Standing Orders. In some other counties police officers have been accused of favouring some candidates by denying agents of other candidates access to polling stations,” he said.

“In Nyandarua County, an administration police officer was found presiding over the polls at Nyakiambi polling station.

DISCIPLINARY ACTION

The National Police Service has been directed to investigate and take appropriate disciplinary action against the said officer.”

The Nation learnt that the officer was working for a former government official who is vying for an elective seat.

Chaos has been reported in the nominations for the Jubilee Party and the opposition Orange Democratic Movement.

Violence has been reported in Homa Bay, Kisii, Migori, Kisumu, Busia, Bungoma, Kiambu, Murang’a, Nakuru, Kajiado, Embu and Mombasa.

“It is the responsibility of presiding officials and security officers to ensure that voting takes place in their respective polling stations smoothly in an atmosphere that is orderly and peaceful.

PARTISAN ACTIVITIES

“I urge members of the public to report any security officer and national government administration officers whom they find engaging in partisan activities during nomination process,” said Mr Nkaissery.

The CS said some aspirants were involved in rigging by compromising returning officers and police officers providing security.

He added that the government would seek the help of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission so that such candidates are barred from contesting.

Political parties have until May 1 to finish the nominations ahead of the General Election on August 8.

“The government will deal decisively with anybody who threatens the security of our citizens. Any person found taking law into their own hands will be dealt with in accordance to the law,” the CS said.

He said security officers found interfering with the party primaries would be sacked.

Seventeen suspects have been charged at the Migori Law Courts while in Nakuru, a parliamentary aspirant and three of his supporters were arrested for carrying weapons.

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