Kiambaa by-election: Jubilee, UDA allege intimidation of voters

Mureithi Kangara

Political leaders from both Jubilee and the United Democratic Alliance (UDA)party have accused each other ahead of Thursday’s by-election in Kiambaa constituency over alleged intimidation of voters and buying of Identity Cards from voters. 

Led by Kikuyu MP, Kimani Ichungwa and his Gatundu South counterpart Moses Kuria, the legislator’s accused the Kiambu County security team of deploying a contingent of police officers in the county.

On their part, Jubilee party leaders led by the national security chairman in parliament, Peter Mwathi, Kieni MP, Kanini Kega, Nyeri MP, Ngunjiri Wambugu and Murang’a Women Rep, Sabina Chege castigated their UDA colleagues for spreading propaganda in an effort to get sympathy vote.

Kiambaa Constituency fell vacant following the death of former MP the late Paul Koinange.

Meanwhile, a senior Jubilee Party official has told legislators and MCAs whose loyalty has shifted to other parties to resign and seek for fresh mandate from the voters.,

Kirinyaga Jubilee party chairman Muriithi Kangara said although it was just a year left to the general elections, it would be prudent for the double-edged politicians to denounce the Jubilee and seek for a new mandate through their newfound vehicle.

He was speaking to the media at the Sun-City Resort Sagana town Wednesday, where he accused the defectors of disrespecting the party that sponsored them to their current elective positions.

“If indeed these elected leaders are fed up with their mother party and no longer ascribes to its ideals, the noblest and honorable thing to do it to tender their resignations and seek for fresh mandate from the electorate instead of one leg being in the ruling coalition and the other in the opposition,” Kangara said.

He further took issue with certain leaders who keep hurling insults at the Head of State as if they were his equal.

“Respect for the president is not a demand but a must for all Kenyans since he is the Head of State and Commander in Chief of the Kenya Defense Forces,” Kangara maintained.


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