Ngirici's supporters teargassed at Gichugu tallying centre

Trouble began when one of the presiding officers attempted to jump the long queue.

In Summary

•Trouble began when one of the presiding officers attempted to jump the long queue made by the officers as they were returning the polls' results to the tallying centre.

•It was at that point that she sought another entrance to the centre while carrying her election materials so that she could be served quickly.

A teargas canister.
A teargas canister.

Police officers were Wednesday forced to lob tear gas canisters at a group of supporters allegedly allied to Kirinyaga independent governor candidate Wangui Ngirici.

This is after the supporters attempted to force their way into Kianyaga high school which is serving as the Gichugu constituency tallying centre.

According to the constituency returning officer Geoffrey Gitobu, trouble began when one of the presiding officers attempted to jump the long queue made by the officers as they were returning the polls' results to the tallying centre.

It was at that point that she sought another entrance to the centre while carrying her election materials so that she could be served quickly.

The move is said to have eventually led to a squabble between agents allied to both Waiguru and Ngirici who have been in a neck-to-neck competition.

As a result, supporters allied to Ngirici attempted to storm the centre as they threw stones and disrupted traffic along the Kutus-Kianyaga road after sensing foul play.

Their efforts were thwarted by the already well-armed and hawk-eyed security officers who quelled the situation.

Waiguru was equally not amused by the act as she condemned it on her social media platforms.

"Rigging in broad daylight??? - Two ballot boxes with governors' ballots enter Kianyaga through the back door in broad daylight! They MUST be removed and tallying MUST stop! Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission(IEBC)," the post read.

On her social media platforms, Ngirici too did not hesitate to fire back at Waiguru.

"The only back door that we know was at NYS during your tenure. TUPO SITE!" Ngirici said.

On Tuesday the outgoing woman rep said her team of supporters would be hawk-eyed in protecting her votes and ensuring that her hard-earned victory is not rigged.

However, Gitobu told the star by phone that the verification exercise in the tallying centre resumed as the two Ill-fated ballot boxes were put aside awaiting further communication from the agency.

Police county commander Mathews Mang'ira warned politicians against inciting their supporters to violence saying they risk facing the wrath of the law.

Speaking to the Star by phone, the county police boss equally called for sobriety, tolerance and patience from all the candidates and supporters as the verification exercise continues.

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