United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party decries police intimidation and arrest of its key agents in the ongoing Rurii Ward by-elections.
In a statement released by the party’s Secretary General Veronica Maina, UDA says its key agents have suffered at the hands of police.
“UDA key agents in Rurii Ward, Nyandarua County, Brian Mbugua and Daniel Githinji have this morning been arrested by police outside Rurii Polytechnic and taken to Ol Kalou police station,” UDA SG said in a press release.
The party SG says their agents have been harassed and intimidated at various polling stations across the ward.
At Mugumoini polling station, the party says its agents have been denied entry and individuals purporting to be its agents have taken charge.
Maina has also cried foul over several roadblocks mounted across the ward saying police are using them to intimidate voters.
UDA now wants the IEBC to take action stern action and ensure an equal playground for all contestants.
“It is unfortunate that 29 years after the first multi-party elections and 10 years after a progressive constitution that guarantees the rights of citizens to multi-party democracy, misguided agents of the state are still using police to intimidate voters,” Maina said in the press release.
“We urge the IEBC to take note of these intimidations and condemn them for what they are; abuse of power by the executive,” she said.
Nevertheless, UDA has urged its supporters to turn up in large numbers at various polling stations in the ward to vote in their candidate and safeguard their democracy against interference.
Rurii Ward by-election has been deemed as a two-horse race between UDA candidate Muraya Githaiga and the Jubilee candidate Peter Thinji.