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We’re being persecuted for political reasons, says arrested legislators

KENYA
By Mireri Junior | March 5th 2021

Four Tangatanga-allied legislators arrested on Thursday for allegedly planning to cause chaos during the ongoing Kabuchai by-election are set to be arraigned.

Didimus Barasa (Kimilili), Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei, Chesumei MP Wilson Kogo and their Belgut counterpart Nelson Koech were on driven to Bungoma Law Courts cells ahead of their arraignment.

The MPs said they have been driven to Bungoma law courts like goats with no charges being preferred against them.

Speaking to KTN News on Friday while in court, the MPs termed their arrest unlawful and accused the government of using independent agencies to intimidate leaders associated with Deputy President William Ruto.

“It is a sad state of affairs that police and Judiciary being used to intimidate leaders from some political persuasion,” said Koech.

Barasa denied claims they had weapons at the time of the arrest, saying they were party agents who were just going around checking how the voting was going on.

“We didn’t intimidate or threaten anyone we were supervising election as agents when we were arrested,” said Barasa.

Cherargei yesterday termed their arrest a plot to intimidate UDA supporters, adding that police were yet to tell them why they were arrested.

“We had just escorted our candidate from voting and addressed the press when they blocked our convoy claiming we have weapons,” he said.

The legislators had their guns confiscated, but they said they had licences and had not been misused the weapons.

There was violence at Busakala Primary School when a group of youths roughed Fred Kapondi (Mt Elgon MP), nominated Senator Millicent Omanga and Lungalunga’s Khatib Mwashetani over vote bribery claims.

Outcome

Joseph Majimbo Kalasinga was declared the MP-elect of Kabuchai Constituency after trouncing seven other candidates in a hotly contested mini poll.

Kalasinga garnered 19, 274 votes which represent 65 per cent of the total votes cast.

His closet challenger Evans Kakai of UDA got 6,455 votes representing 22 per cent.

The results were announced by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Returning Officer for Kabuchai Constituency Mr Benson Esuza at Mabanga Agricultural Training Centre.

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