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Cord cries foul over Nyaribari

Monday, December 30, 2013 - 00:00 -- BY BENSON NYAGESIBA
Nyaribari Chache Ben Mogaka(KSC) Photo/Benson Nyagesiba
Nyaribari Chache Ben Mogaka(KSC) Photo/Benson Nyagesiba
Nyaribari Chache Chris Bichage(ODM)Photo/Benson Nyagesiba
Nyaribari Chache Chris Bichage(ODM)Photo/Benson Nyagesiba
Nyaribari Chache Kennedy Omanga(KANU)Photo/Benson Nyagesiba
Nyaribari Chache Kennedy Omanga(KANU)Photo/Benson Nyagesiba
Nyaribari Chache Rael Otundo(Narc-K) Photo/Benson Nyagesiba
Nyaribari Chache Rael Otundo(Narc-K) Photo/Benson Nyagesiba
Nyaribari Chache Richard Tong'i (Ford People) Photo/Benson Nyagesiba
Nyaribari Chache Richard Tong'i (Ford People) Photo/Benson Nyagesiba
Nyaribari Chache Robert Monda(TNA) Photo/Benson Nyagesiba
Nyaribari Chache Robert Monda(TNA) Photo/Benson Nyagesiba
Nyaribari Chache Zachary Marwa(NVP) Photo/Benson Nyagesiba
Nyaribari Chache Zachary Marwa(NVP) Photo/Benson Nyagesiba

Cord yesterday alleged that the Jubilee government is planning to rig the Nyaribari Chache elections. The coalition also claimed that Jubilee has hatched plans to intimidate their agents who they have assigned to various polling stations to man the elections.

Addressing the press at KisiI Golf Club, Cord members led by senator Chris Obure said they were disturbed by the persistent manner and annoying trend in which their opponent were carrying out their campaigns.

“We have reliable information that jubilee plans to intimidate our agents whom we have assigned duties in various polling stations ahead of today’s by-election. We are telling them those are the kicks of s dying horse because we have men and women of high moral integrity who will not succumb to such threats,” Obure said in a joint statement.

Accompanied by MPs Richard Onyonka(Kitutu Chache South), Simba Arati (Daggorret North), Samuel Arama(Nakuru West) , Joseph Kiangoi of East Africa legislative assembly, Alice Chae(Nyamira) and several MCA’s, Obure further claimed that they have information that a meeting between top TNA officials and some electoral officials who included PO’s assigned to work in ODM candidate Chris Bichage’s stronghold to rig the votes.

“The meeting was held in a Kisii hotel where money exchanged hands and and plans made to rig Bichage’s votes in those areas. Action should be taken against the Pos who stooped too low and went against the law to meet one group of players in the game,” he added.

He alleged that during the meeting, it was agreed that massive voter bribery and buying of IDs from ODM be done in the night to the by-election. Their claims come two days after campaigns came to closure with the eyes focusing on three main contestants.

Frontrunners who include Richard Tong’i (Ford People), Bichage (ODM) and Robert Monda of TNA have been moving door to door to woo voters. For Instance Tong’i who has the blessing of former powerful cabinet minister is riding on his young age to solicit for votes from his fellow youths across the constituency.

Speaking at Monuri primary school, Nyabiuto and Gesere, Tongi expressed optimism that he will win the seat come the end of the exercise. “Time has come for change of leadership from the old to the new generation. The constituency is facing a myriad of challenges because the former regime failed to address them when they were given time,” Tong’i said.

Addressing his supporters in Bobaracho, Kiogoro and Keumbu, Bichage said that three months he served were too little to initiate any development projects because he spend most of it in court during the petition.

Bichage who got a campaign boost from a team led by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga asked the Nyaribarians to give the chance so that they can charge him at the end of term.

“You vote for me during the March 4 elections but my victory was overturned by the court. I am urging you to confirm to the nation that you indeed elected me,” Bichage said.

Addressing a gathering at Gusii Stadium on Friday, Odinga urged the voters to elect Bichage because it will be the only gift they can give to jubilee coalition.

Monda on his part urged the electorate to give the chance to finish the work he initiated in the constituency when he was in office for five years. Monda on his part urged the electorate to give the chance to finish the work he initiated in the constituency when he was in office for five years.

Other candidates who will be battling it out with the three includes, Kennedy Omanga (Kanu), Rael Otundo(Narck-K), James Kenani(NLP), Ben Mogaka(KSC), Jared Arasa(KNC) and Zachary Marwa (NVP).

Tong’i said that if elected he will work closely with national and county governments in an effort to revitalizing various sectors like education and at the same time initiate new development projects.

Countering the claims, area returning officer Robert Ng’eny said that he has not received any formal report from the Cord and thus urged them to make a report to allow for investigations.

“I can’t understand why the members are complaining in the press even before making a formal report in my office because I speak I not aware of such claims,” Ng’eny tolf the Star on phone.