Voter in Kitengela feared bee attack

Munene Ngiri alias Kaparo dressed in protective gear voting at St Monica Catholic Church polling station in Kitengela. (PHOTO: Everlyne Kwamboka)
Mr Munene Ngiri alias Kaparo, 58, dressed in a protective gear against bees cast his vote at St Monica Catholic Church polling station in Kitengela.

Just like the honey harvesters who guard themselves against bee stings, Kaparo said he had to take precautions in case those anti-voting attacked voters using bees.

The father of three who works as a mechanic in Kitengela town said he was among those who were stung by bees outside the Supreme Court in September when five judges delivered the decision that nullified the August 8 presidential result.

“I went to the Supreme Court in September and was locked outside the compound where bees attacked us. I did not want to take chances because of the on-going tension between those who want to vote and those against the exercise. A bee sting is not something to joke around with because it is lethal and can kill if one is allergic to the venom,” he said.

Ngiri on the queue. (PHOTO: Everlyne Kwamboka)
As part of security checks, a group of Administration Police officers manning the area asked Kaparo why he was wearing the protective gear that covered his face.

“The officers only wanted to know why my face was covered and when I explained to them the reason, I was allowed to return to the queue and voted peacefully,” he added.

The man who works as a mechanic in Kitengela town said he had to look for the material and a good tailor to stitch the jacket at a cost of Sh1,000.

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The father of three who also had a walking stick said he left his home at 4.30 am to vote so that he could make it back to the garage on time.

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