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September 26, 2017

Waiguru protests as youths destroy voting material at Kirinyaga polling station

A file photo of former Devolution CS Anne Waiguru with Kirinyaga Governor Joseph Ndathi and Gichugu MP Njogu Barua at Kiamugumo Primary School. /JANE MUGAMBI
A file photo of former Devolution CS Anne Waiguru with Kirinyaga Governor Joseph Ndathi and Gichugu MP Njogu Barua at Kiamugumo Primary School. /JANE MUGAMBI

Rowdy youths stormed a polling station where former Devolution CS Anne Waiguru was voting on Friday, disrupting Jubilee primaries as they kicked off in Kirinyaga county.

The youths overpowered police and destroyed ballot boxes and papers at Kiamugumo Primary School polling centre.

Waiguru protested and accused incumbent Governor Joseph Ndathi of attempting to rig her out. The former CS is battling it out for a Jubilee ticket for the county seat.

Primaries in the county delayed significantly despite voters turning up as early as 6am.

Voting centres in Ndia and Mwea constituencies experienced a shortage of ballot papers and boxes.

Presiding officers said the party organised for transport too late and drivers were charging more than was allocated to the party.

Jubilee's county coordinator Martin Mwangi could not explain to the Star the cause of the delay but cited "a few problems".

Read: Tuju 'takes responsiblity' for chaotic Jubilee primaries, cancels voting in 11 counties

Some aspirants alleged that the delay is a strategy to rig the poll since the party has some preferred candidates.

Kirinyaga Central MP aspirant Beth Ndunyi said the process is not credible, while fellow aspirant Josiah Murigi termed it flawed.

County commander Joseph Nthenge promised to call back for comment but had not done so by press time.

On Thursday, he had promised to provide security to all polling stations.

More on this: Police assure tight security as party primaries close

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