, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 28 – Kandara Member of Parliament Alice Wahome has shifted the blame to the Muranga County Returning Officer for the altercation that happened between the legislature and the IEBC officer.
In a statement, Wahome has said the confrontation happened when 440 votes were wrongfully allocated to Japheth Kaluyu instead of President Uhuru Kenyatta who got zero votes at Kiiri Polling Station.
She says the returning officer resisted attempts to address the anomaly leading to a scuffle that was captured on video and widely shared on social media.
“I met the RO at the door of the Tallying Center and I asked that we go back inside to allow me to verify the results. This request was also rejected and dismissed by the RO and he started shouting loudly and being dramatic about a simple request,” says Wahome.
Wahome, who is Jubilee Party’s Chief Agent in Muranga, terms the incident as ‘unfortunate’ which could have been avoided had the returning officer agreed to verify the results.
The legislator adds that the situation appears to be calculated and choreographed with “intent to create a false narrative.”
Following a complaint by the Electoral Commission, the Director of Public Prosecution earlier recommended immediate investigation and possible arrest of the Member of Parliament.