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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Mwingi West rivals want Wiper win nullified over voter bribery claims

MP Mwingi West Bernard Kitungi during a past press briefing in his office at Migwani. /Lydia Ngoolo
MP Mwingi West Bernard Kitungi during a past press briefing in his office at Migwani. /Lydia Ngoolo

Wiper candidate Charles Nguna won Mwingi West MP contest even as his six rivals accused him of malpractice and urged the IEBC to nullify the results.

They want a repeat of the election.

Nguna was announced winner with 14,818, defeating incumbent Bernard Kitungi who got 8,594 votes. Narc's Koki Musau had 10,987 votes, Munyoki Mwangangi (independent) had 3,642, Jubilee's Mwende Mwinzi garnered 1,308, Bishop Robert Mutemi got 938 and Muungano Party's Mukonza Mwangangi had 638.

Immediately after being declared the winner, Nguna promised to bring change to Mwingi West.

However, in a press statement on Wednesday, his six rivals said they will not accept defeat as Nguna was involved in voter bribery.

“Our agents were barred from accessing the polling stations like Ndaluni, Syomungele Thokoa among others, which were strongholds shared among the six of us. Again, our agents were barred from participating and verifying the counting process,” Mwinzi said.

She was the spokesperson of the six candidates.

They called for the nullification of the tallying outcome and a recount of the votes.

The six also called for a repeat election, saying Nguna cannot lead them as they have video clip evidence of their claims.

They also said Nguna should be barred from contesting the seat again because of the alleged irregularities.

When contacted, Nguna told the Star on the phone he has already won.

He said the six should question the IEBC over the election if they have concerns, and not blame him.

“I defeated Kitungi in nominations terribly and I have defeated him again. Mukonza is a perennial loser, Mwende is a bitter loser and a political dwarf. Mutemi should go back to church. Koki is a perennial loser since even his education background doesn’t allow him to contest for MP," Nguna said.

"Even if they go to court, what do they have to produce as exhibit? I have won fairly and I do not want nonsense now and they should come and join me we work together ... After five years I will not contest for MP but I will go for a higher seat.”

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