Msambweni by-election: ‘Tanga Tanga’ team claims police officers were transferred at midnight

Msambweni by-election: 'Tanga Tanga' team claims police officers were transferred at midnight
Msambweni by-election independent candidate Feisal Bader and allies address the press on December 15, 2020. PHOTO - NICKY GITONGA / CITIZEN DIGITAL

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.

Mwashetani further claims there are plans to arrest him after he confronted a team of leaders led by Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho who he says invaded his home with allegations of planning to disrupt the elections.

At least 56 agents allied to Bader’s campaign team were on Monday night arrested for allegedly violating curfew regulations.

The 56 were arraigned in court where 25 of them were released, with Bader now accusing the police of harassing and frustrating his team.

Voting is still underway in the polling stations.

Reporting by Nicky Gitonga & George Aoko.

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