Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua is among top leaders who have condemned the violence that has rocked several by-elections held on Thursday.
Warning that the election forebodes political chaos that may occur in the 2022 General Election, Governor Mutua urged the state to intervene to save the country from a potential spiraling of violence.
“We cannot be a county where every time there is a by-election or an election that people resort to violence. We see people walking naked, we have seen people being slapped. The state has to come in,” said Mutua, who before becoming the Machakos governor served as the Government Spokesperson for former president Mwai Kibaki’s government.
Mutua was referring to some of the ugly scenes that unfolded in the Kabuchai and Matungu by-elections in Kakamega and Bungoma counties and also in the Koimakima and London wards by-elections in Kisii and Nakuru counties.
“Whoever they are, they should be arrested by end of today, charged and hopefully convicted. We have the videos…I am very disappointed with the political elite. This means that we need to get rid of all these people clamouring for power and have a new beginning,” said the Maendeleo Chap Chap leader who has already declared intent to run for the State House seat in the 2022 presidential election.
In Matungu Constituency, former Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa was recorded slapping an electoral commission official at Bulango Primary School for allegedly locking out a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) polling agent from the voting station.
A contigent of police officers later surrounded his home in Shibale, Mumias Central in Kakamega County, with the aim of capturing him.
Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati condemned the assault of the election official.
Chebukati, who was speaking after visiting Kiwanja Ndege polling station in Naivasha, demanded the arrest of Echesa over the violent incident.
In Kabuchai Constituency, several MPs were arrested over claims that they were plotting to instigate violence during the by-election.
Police were also called into action at London and Kiomakima ward by-elections in Kisii and Nakuru counties respectively.
Security agents skirmished with UDA supporters and agents, leading to the arrest of Kiamokima UDA candidate Moses Nyandusi Nyakeremba over alleged voter bribery.