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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Kilomo probed over deadly shooting at Marakwet East tallying centre

Politician Linah Chebii Kilimo shows bullets recovered after a shooting incident in Marakwet East, August 9, 2017. /FILE
Politician Linah Chebii Kilimo shows bullets recovered after a shooting incident in Marakwet East, August 9, 2017. /FILE

Linah Chebii Kilimo is among 10 people who have recorded statements with police over violence at the Chesoi tallying centre where police shot at a crowd last Wednesday.

A woman died and five others were injured in the incident, causing IEBC to suspend vote tallying.

Kilimo's car was also shot at in what she termed an assassination attempt.

"I wrote a statement over the shooting on innocent people but so far the officers involved are still free," the Marakwet MP candidate said.

Kilimo rejected the results saying the shooting was done deliberately to interfere with tallying.

Read: Kilimo rejects results as she loses to Bowen

The constituency returning officer named Jubilee's Bowen Kangogo winner with 14,859 votes. Kilimo, an independent candidate, got 13,855 votes.

"There was no election in Marakwet East and I cannot accept what happened. The fake results were announced but I will move to court to seek justice," she told the press, adding she will demand a recount.

Kilimo demanded the arrest of officers involved in the shooting and produced spent cartridges and a video of the incident.

She said the woman who was shot dead were not within the tallying centre and had not provoked the police in any way, adding that her car was more than a kilometre away from the centre.

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"I have witnesses who were told to move away from near my car so that the bullets can get to my car," she said.

She claimed security officers and IEBC officials colluded with Bowen's agents to inflate figures to produce the results.

But Bowen denied any involvement in election malpractice and asked Kilimo to concende defeat.

"She is free to go to court but I advise her not to waste her time and to join me in building Marakwet East," he told the Star on Saturday.

Police Commander Tom Odera said they are still investigating the incident and will give a report.

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