By Gusii star team
Kisii Kenya 12 May 2021……… Security officers in Kisii county have been accused of intimidating United Democratic alliance [ UDA ] Candidate Teresa Bitutu Oroo and supporters during the ongoing campaigns and of By election in Bonchari constituency salted on 18 May.
Led by south Mugirango Member of parliament Silvanus Osoro, said the police arrested two people who were perceived to be campaigning for UDA candidate and are yet to be arraigned, terming it wrong and unacceptable.
Osoro said police officers lobbed tear gas at the leaders’ vehicles as they campaigned for Bitutu and appealed to Interior Cabinet Minister, Dr Fred Matiangi and Inspector General of police, Hilary Mutyambai to intervene and stop police from harming innocent people.
According to them some candidates are being allowed to campaign past curfew hours as the government intends to install a leader to the Bonchari people the factor they said they are watching keenly.
They also alleged that there were plans for the Commission to announce the results past the curfew hours to keep UDA’s supporters away but urged the Commission not to succumb to it.
Omingo Magara of people Democratic Movement who is supporting Teresa , claimed some chiefs and Assistant county Commissioners ( ACC) were at one of the candidates home on Tuesday night planning to rig the election slated for May 18 and urged the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission ( IEBC) not allow it.
“Every candidate’s vote must count. I urge IEBC to crack the whip and ensure that its independence is not compromised” Magara told the press on Wednesday
Alice Wahome, Kandara MP challenged police officers to keep off campaigns, adding it is an era of democracy and the officers should provide security and allow candidates to campaign peacefully.
She lauded Bonchari voters for being firm and withstanding the intimidation by the police, stressing they know who they will elect to lead them for the remaining period.
The Mp alleged that some public servants were being allowed to campaign contrary to the law, adding the leaders will expose them.
The MPs urged the Commission to be firm and not to be intimidated by top government officers and appealed to security officers to allow candidates campaign peacefully.
Beatrice Kones ( Bomet East), Florence Bore (Kericho County) and Jane chebaibai ( Elgeyo Marakwet) also attended the presser by noting that no amount of intimidation will stop Bitutu’s victory,.
The By election attracted 13 candidates who were cleared by the IEBC Teresa Bitutu, United Democratic Alliance ( UDA) Pavel Oimeke, ODM party, Zebedeo Opore, Jubilee Jeremiah Atancha, Agano, Jonah Ondieki, The New Democrats, Eric Oigo, National Reconstruction Alliance ( NRA), Charles Mogaka, progressive Party of Kenya ( PPK) Omanwa, PED, Gesare, MCC, Otara, UGM, Mosomi, PDU, Matagaro, Mwangaza Tu and David Ogega, Kenya Social Congress ( KSC).