, KERICHO, Kenya, Mar 7 – Allegations of voter bribery have emerged in Kericho County, with the leading contenders JAP and KANU trading accusations against each other.
Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter says their competitors were allegedly engaging in the vice from Sunday night.
He warned that any county vehicle from Bomet County would “not be spared” if found in Kericho County.
“We are on alert. Any vehicle from Bomet County found in Kericho, we will not spare it… We are very straightforward, Kericho is not a place to joke with,” he warned.
“We are very confident we are winning. This one we are winning. I enjoy support from all parts of the county.”
He alleged that their competitors had plans of bribing voters “after sensing defeat.”
Keter made the allegations when he accompanied Jubilee candidate Aaron Cheruiyot to cast his vote.
Though a civil servant, Keter said he’s still a politician and will support the Jubilee Government at any cost.
“Which law stops me from commenting? I’m a politician,” the CS said.
Cheruiyot on his part expressed optimism that he will emerge victorious.
“I urge the residents of Kericho County to come out in large numbers and decide who they want to be their leader,” he said.
“We will not allow foreigners to destroy our county.”
Senators Kipchumba Murkomen and Stephen Sang were also present among other leaders.
To Sang, the battle is between CORD and the Jubilee Government.
The by-election is seen as a litmus test in the ongoing political supremacy between Deputy President William Ruto, Bomet County Governor Isaac Ruto and KANU’s Gideon Moi (Baringo Senator)
KANU has since alleged that some of its agents were turned away in some polling centres.
They also claim that some names of their supporters were missing in the register despite having voted during 2013 General Election.
Kericho has 290,947 voters with IEBC deploying 3,124 officials to man the process.
The senatorial seat has attracted five candidates.