Karua poll petition against Waiguru begins


Karua Waiguru

In Summary

  • The hearing of an election petition pitting Narc-Kenya leader Martha Karua and Kirinyaga County Governor Anne Waiguru has kicked off.
  • Ms. Karua took the stand at Kerugoya High Court and accused Waiguru’s agents of massive bribing, canvasing and intimidation of voters.

The hearing of an election petition pitting Narc-Kenya leader Martha Karua and Kirinyaga County Governor Anne Waiguru has kicked off.

Ms. Karua who took the stand at Kerugoya High Court and alleged Waiguru’s agents marred the county elections with massive bribing, canvasing and intimidation of voters.

According to the Narc Kenya leader, seals of several ballot boxes in Mwea were tampered with. She accused presiding officers of breaking the seals and introducing foreign documents.

“I was called by an agent Tabitha Mutero on August 9, 2017 at around 7am. She informed me that she has seen a presiding officer of Mathangauta Polling Station break the seal of the gubernatorial seat ballot box at Wanguru tallying center contrary to the law.

”I rushed there and confronted the officer demanding to know why she had done so but she claimed that she had broken it out of ignorance,” Ms. Karua told the court.

The Narc-Kenya leader said she managed to get several video clips and pictures of presiding officers from Mwea constituency breaking the seals of governorship ballot boxes which she presented in court.

She also revealed that 188 of her agents were kicked out of polling stations during the opening of the polling centers and tallying exercise due to what she termed as flimsy and illegal requirements to have an IEBC stamp.

The court was also informed that some presiding officers were misleading assisted voters citing one case of a deputy presiding officer in Kimunye polling station.

The court adjourned at 6pm and the hearing before Justice Lucy Gitari will resume on April 17.

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