Kenneth rejects ‘sham’ Nairobi nominations
Peter Kenneth has rejected the incoming results from the Nairobi gubernatorial race.
Saying the results were not a true reflection of Jubilee members, Kenneth asked the party to nullify the outcome and call for fresh elections.
He cited several reasons for the rejection of the results among them the allegation that there were cases of multiple voting. In Kiambu, current Governor William Kabogo took a similar path and rejected the results, even before the tallying started. Kabogo later lost to Waititu, who was voted in overwhelmingly.
Kenneth, a late entrant to the Nairobi gubernatorial race, was facing off with Senator Mike Sonko and former assistant minister Margaret Wanjiru. Wanjiru was arrested on Wednesday evening after storming Highridge polling station in Westlands constituency with her supporters and destroyed election materials.
In 2013, Kenneth vied for the presidential seat but lost. He had previously served as Gatanga MP and an assistant minister in the Ministry of Finance.
He said in a statement that none members were allowed to vote in the nominations and some were even imported from Machakos and Kajiado counties. He complained that people were allowed to vote in polling stations, not necessarily in the centres they were registered.
“There were blatant cases of multiple voting in various polling stations, altering the reflection of the members of Jubilee,” he said. He said he complained to the party headquarters and the chairman of the national election board Andrew Musangi announced that only registered Jubilee members would be allowed to vote.
But even then, Kenneth said voters continued casting their votes using national identity cards and not voters register. He added that the officials used a marker and not indelible ink to mark those who had already voted. He said the marker was easily washed off and persons allowed to vote in multiple cases.
Kenneth also complained on outright bribery in various polling stations and in some instances, voting opened late and closed early. “On the basis of the foregoing, I dissociate myself the sham election that Jubilee party purported to have carried in Nairobi and demand that the same elections be nullified, and that any fresh elections must rely on a genuine list of party members,” he said.