Ex-Senator Muthama arrested as chaos erupts at polling station in Msambweni


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Former Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama in a past briefing. PHOTO / FILE

Former Machakos Senator Muthama has been arrested after chaos erupted at the Jomo Kenyatta Primary School polling station in Msambweni.

The station has since been closed and declared a no-go zone with voters camped outside chanting anti-government songs and anti-Governor Hassan Joho, according to a video seen by Citizen Digital.

Muthama has since been transferred from the polling station, where he was being held, to Mombasa.

The ongoing Msambweni by-election has been marred by accusations and counter-accusations pitting allies of independent candidate Feisal Bader and ODM’s Omar Boga.

Bader’s team, majorly made up of DP William Ruto allies among them Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi, claims senior police officers in Msambweni – including the OCPD – were transferred at midnight under unclear circumstances.

According to Sudi, the officers were swapped with those in Mombasa; a move he alleged is aimed at creating loopholes in the election process and facilitating rigging in favor of ODM’s Boga.

Sudi, flanked by fellow MPs Khatib Mwashetani (Lunga Lunga) and Mohammed Ali (Nyali), in a press briefing accused the new security team of harassing them but allowing the ODM team to roam all polling stations freely.

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