BY-ELECTIONS

UDA decries arrest of its agents in Nyandarua's Rurii Ward by-election

Party says its agents have been harassed and intimidated across the ward.

In Summary

• UDA secretary general Veronica Maina said that Brian Mbugua and Daniel Githinji who are agents of the party were arrested by the police and taken to Ol Kalou Police Station.

• The battle is between the ruling party Jubilee being represented by Peter Thinji and UDA allied to the Deputy President William Ruto represented by Francis Muraya.

Rurii Ward UDA candidate, Francis Muraya (in the vehicle) during the campaigns ahead of the by-elections.
Rurii Ward UDA candidate, Francis Muraya (in the vehicle) during the campaigns ahead of the by-elections.
Image: LOISE MACHARIA

The United Democratic Party has claimed that some of its agents in the ongoing by-election of Rurii Ward in Nyandarua County have been arrested by the police.

On Tuesday, UDA secretary-general Veronica Maina said that Brian Mbugua and Daniel Githinji who are agents of the party were arrested by the police in the morning outside Rurii Polytechnic and taken to Ol Kalou Police Station.

Veronica added that the party agents have been harassed and intimidated by the police across the ward.

“At Mugumoini polling station, UDA agents have been refused entry and strangers purporting to be UDA agents have taken the charge,” Veronica said.

She added that police have mounted unnecessary roadblocks across the ward, which she said will intimidate voters.

The party has asked IEBC to take note of the intimidations and condemn them.

Further, the party has asked voters in the ward not to be intimidated and come out in large numbers to vote.

The battle is between the ruling party Jubilee being represented by Peter Thinji and UDA allied to the Deputy President William Ruto represented by Francis Muraya.

The seat fell vacant in January following the death of area County Representative John Mburu popularly referred to as Wamaria after a long battle with cancer.

Wamaria’s personal Assistant, Isaac Nderi, who is vying on a Maendeleo Chap Chap ticket, is among several other candidates seeking to fill the gap.

The others are Susan Wangeci Wamunga of The New Democrats (TND), Peter Gathika of the Democratic Party (DP), and Gabriel Gitome (independent).