Raila condemns abuse of police powers in Bonchari and Juja polls

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Party leader Raila Odinga has condemned abuse of police powers in the just concluded Bonchari and Juja by-elections.

He termed it as an arrogant display of impunity by a few overzealous and bellicose government functionaries.

In his tweeter handle Wednesday, Raila said such happenings must stop.

” An election process is an opportunity for the voters to express their will at the ballot and not an avenue to pursue IMAGINARY and SHORT-LEGGED political interests.” He tweeted.

The former Prime Minister noted that security forces exist to serve the people and not the interests of those out to conduct political experiments.

“The peaceful co-existence post-2018 must NOT be taken for granted by some rogue elements wanting to confuse the HANDSHAKE for an excuse to ERODE our hard-earned liberties! This must STOP!” He added

Meanwhile, Orange Democratic Party (ODM) candidate, Pavel Oimeke, has won Bonchari Constituency Parliamentary seat, in a hotly contested by-election held, yesterday.

The Bonchari by-election Returning Officer, Benson Ambuko, announced Oimeke, as the winner after garnering 8,049 votes against Jubilee Party’s, Zebedeo Opore and UDA’s Teresa Bitutu who came second and third with 7,279 and 6,964 votes respectively.

Speaking, Wednesday morning, at the Tallying Center in Suneka town, Kisii South Sub-county, Kisii County, Governor James Ongwae, congratulated Oimeke and said democratic elections should be allowed to be completely democratic.

ODM candidate Pavel Oimeke addresses the media after casting his vote at Nyamare Primary School polling station in Riana Ward, Bonchari Constituency.

“I am ready to work to make sure that the people of Bonchari have development and transformation so that we can make the lives of our people much better,” Oimeke said.

This is the first parliamentary seat for ODM in Kisii region after losing all constituencies to other parties in 2017 General Elections.

The Constituency registered a voter turnout of about 50 per cent with a total of 26,526 votes cast against a total of 52,955 registered voters in the last elections.

Elsewhere, Francis Muraya of United Democratic Alliance (UDA) was declared winner for Rurii Ward by-election in Nyandarua County as Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairperson, Wafula Chebukati, postponed counting of votes in Juja Constituency by-election after Kiambu governor James Nyoro allegedly led individuals who disrupted the tallying process.

  

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