Kiambaa by-election: Drama as rowdy youths want MP Amos Kimunya to leave polling station

By , K24 Digital
On Thu, 15 Jul, 2021 10:10 | 2 mins read
Group of youths want MP Kimunya to leave polling station. (Screengrab)

National Assembly Majority Leader Amos Kimunya, on Thursday morning, found himself at the centre of a scuffle after a group of youths accosted him at one of the polling stations in the ongoing Kiambaa by-elections.

According to video footage accessed by K24 Digital, a group of about six youths are seen confronting the Kipipiri MP telling him to leave the Kimuga Cattle Dip polling station.

Kimunya, who seen standing outside the building that is serving as a polling station, watches the group shout him out but he remains determined to stay.

A group of security officers are recorded surrounding the majority leader in what appears to be shielding him from any attacks.

The confrontation took minutes forcing the security details to disperse the youths from where Kimunya was standing

Speaking to the press after the scuffle, Kimunya labelled the group as hecklers hired by their competitors to interfere with the smooth running of the by-election.

Kimunya defended himself saying he is authorized to be at the polling station as a Jubilee agent.

“These are goons hired by our competitors to shout at me and also to try to influence voters. I am here officially as an agent of the Jubilee party. My name was forwarded to the IEBC and I have been here since 6 am,” Kimunya said.

He added that the group does not vote in the polling station.

Kimunya stated that the voting exercise at the polling station has been peaceful until the group tried to cause chaos.

“I have been standing here peacefully until they came in. I am here to represent my party. They are not agents, they are not voters, so I don’t know what their interest is. The process has been very peacefully as you can see,” he added.

On their part, the youths accused the Kipipiri MP of planning to rig the by-election.

“What is he doing there? We want him to leave because he wants to start rigging the by-election. There is no other MP at the polling station. What is he doing there?” one of the youths posed.

The by-election has turned out to be a do or die contest for UDA and Jubilee parties that have been deemed the frontrunners.

Jubilee’s Kariri Njama and UDA’s John Njuguna Wanjiku are the most popular candidates in the mini polls.