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March 24, 2018

Athlete Kipsang denies helping foreigners get IDs, voters cards in Keiyo

A member of the public registers as a voter in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet county, February 15, 2017. /STEPHEN RUTTO
A member of the public registers as a voter in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet county, February 15, 2017. /STEPHEN RUTTO

Athlete Wilson Kipsang has refuted claims that he attempted to help foreign runners acquire Kenyan IDs to register as voters.

The former marathon world record holder is eying the Keiyo South parliamentary seat, held by Jackson Kiptanui, on a Jubilee ticket.

He termed the allegations, that have been discussed on social media since Friday, an attempt by his political rivals to tarnish his name.

Rwandans Hakizimana Gervaiz and Hagenimana Olivier and a Burundian Mpundu Elonge were arrested that day while allegedly attempting to apply for national IDs using forged documents.

It was said that their aim of registering as voters and that an athlete named Laban Kipkoech had been helping them.

“I don’t know these athletes and they don’t know me. This is mere propaganda being peddled by some of my opponents who have sensed defeat,” said Kipsang.

“I am a police officer who cannot help criminals commit offences.”

Read: Three foreign athletes arrested for using fake papers to get IDs, voters cards

The 2013 Berlin Marathon champion also refuted claims that he was asked to record a statement at the Chepkorio DCI office over the matter. 

He has reportedly been linked to the transfer of hundreds of voters, mainly athletes, from parts of Keiyo North to his Keiyo South home turf.

Read: Foreign athletes arrested in Elgeyo Marakwet for attempting to acquire Kenyan IDs and Voter Cards

Kipsang will battle it out with Elgeyo Marakwet Speaker Albert Kochei, businessman Daniel Rono, county ODM secretary general Micah Kigen and Ampath country director Felix Chumba for the Jubilee Party ticket in April.

Kochei lost the Elgeyo Marakwet governor seat to Alex Tolgos in the March 4, 2013 general election.

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