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Shooting incident dents peaceful voting in Kisii

What began as a conversation between friends backing different candidates turn into a shooting craze

In Summary
  • One person suffered a gunshot injury during the incident in the Mosiabano area in the Bonchari constituency. 
  • UDA's candidate Ezekiel Machogu cast his at Mesabisabi Primary School in his home subcounty of Masaba South at dawn.  
IEBC official marks a voter's finger
IEBC official marks a voter's finger
Image: JOSEPH KANGOGO

A shooting incident in Kisii put a dent in an otherwise peaceful poll as voting began on Tuesday morning.

What began as a conversation between friends backing different candidates turned into a shooting craze. 

One person suffered a gunshot injury during the incident in the Mosiabano area in the Bonchari constituency. 

Security agents said the gunman was acting alone but they are investigating the incident to unravel any possible ulterior motive.

They seized Charles Mitika for interrogation over the assault.  

Gesonso subcounty police commander Charles Machinji said they will arraign Mitika in court after investigations are concluded.  

Elsewhere, voting began slowly in most polling stations in the region.

ODM Kisii governor candidate Simba Arati voted at Nyakunguru Primary School at 11am flanked by his supporters.  

Arati spoke of voter apathy, even as he sounded optimistic that he will win the seat.

"I am happy there haven't been any ugly incidents so far. I thank our people for maintaining calm and I am looking forward to victory," Arati said.

UDA's candidate Ezekiel Machogu cast his vote at Mesabisabi Primary School in his home subcounty of Masaba South at dawn.  

He, too, said he was looking forward to a 'great victory'.

"The campaign has been grueling, we have managed to sell our agenda, now I look forward to winning the seat," he said.

Senate candidate Joash Maangi voted at Riagongera and urged voters to exercise their democratic right by voting for the leaders they want.

Wiper's Donya Toto voted at Itierio Primary and said she is expecting a sweet victory when the vote tallying concludes.  

Usawa's governor candidate Onchiri Ratemo voted at Nyantira in Bobasi.

Ratemo, however, claimed the polling stations were filed with ghost agents hired by his rival.

“I was personally marooned by fake agents in the polling station where I had cast my vote,” he said.  

In Bonchari, UPA parliamentary candidate Charles Onchoke decried low turnout.  

Some voters, among them his wife, failed to vote because their details could not be registered by the Kiems kit.

(Edited by Tabnacha O)

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