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Tuesday, 25 Apr 2017 17:25 EAT
Suspected hooligans today burnt down election materials leading to disruption of Wiper Party nominations at Kinanie Ward, Mavoko Sub County in Machakos. Chaos erupted after supporters of some MCA candidates accused the incumbent Dominic Maitha of ferrying voters into polling stations.
They claimed Mr Maitha transported in lorries people he had bribed from Githurai, Nairobi County, to vote in his favour, causing fracas that put voting in a state of confusion in the ward since the party was sharing same polling stations with Maendeleo Chap Chap Party that was also conducting its primaries. Supporters of the two parties clashed, paralysing the nominations.
Wiper was conducting nominations for positions of MCAs and woman representative after its secretariat cancelled that of governor in Machakos County. Athi River deputy county commissioner Geoffrey Omoding blamed the fracas on Wiper and Maendeleo Chap Chap parties’ elections boards.
Mr Omoding said the parties failed to issue the sub county’s security committee with their nomination programs even after they requested for them. “We told the Wiper Party elections board to give us their program for primaries but they did not do so, we are yet to get that of Maendeleo Chap Chap of well,” said Mr Omoding.
The administrator addressed the press at Mavoko Secondary School in Athi River town shortly after meeting Jubilee Party aspirants for MCA and Mavoko parliamentary seat, where he cautioned politicians from all political parties against inciting their supporters to violence during the ongoing primaries.
“Security agents will descent upon those who shall cause chaos during the party nominations,” said Mr Omoding, urging all parties and their candidates to maintain peace to ensure peaceful nominations.
He said Jubilee will on Wednesday share polling centres with Wiper Party in Mlolongo and Athi River Township wards. “We will make arrangements for the parties to share the centers peacefully”.
The exercise never took place in the two wards as had been planned. Wiper supporters turned up in the centres but did not vote for lack of election materials. There was no reason given by party officials apart from rumors that some candidates were behind the polls postponement to Wednesday.
The writer is the news editor of the Kenya Free Press