Matiang’i, Khalwale accused of voter bribery


File image of Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang'i
File image of Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i

Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, was on Monday accused of misusing his office and violating the constitution, which bars State officers from engaging in politics while in office.

In a report released by the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) titled Mirage at dusk, Matiang’i was further implicated in voter bribery allegations for attending President Uhuru Kenyatta’s campaign rally on June 7, 2017,  in Nyamira County.

The commission further says that the Head of State allegedly gave handouts to bribe voters, a violation of the Election Act which states that “a candidate is not supposed to give handouts to induce voters to vote in a candidate.”

Other contenders mentioned in the report in relation to bribery allegations is Kakamega County Governor Wycliffe Oparanya and former Kakamega Senator Bonny Khalwale.

Oparanya is on the spot for allegedly giving elderly people in Malava gifts on July 10, 2017 while Khalwale is accused of dishing Ksh.200 to Malava residents on July 30, 2017.

‘The then incumbent Governor (Kakamega County)  proceeded to give out goods to the elderly in Malava and he stated that he was not as mean as his opponents particularly referring to Hon. Bonny Khalwale of Ford Kenya who was his main challenger,” read the report.
“Khalwale asked all the aspirants in the crowd to move into a tent and asked the rest of the crowd to go behind the tent and make two queues, one for women and the other men. Khalwale then started dishing out Ksh.200
in denominations of Ksh.100 to each person,” the report continued.
 Laikipia Governor, Joshua Irungu was also faulted for allegedly bribing the women of Umande ward with 160 water tanks.

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