Kandara IEBC officer charged with awarding Uhuru Kenyatta’s votes to Japheth Kaluyu

A man who served as a presiding officer at Kiiri Primary School in Ithiru ward, Murang’a County, has been charged at a Kandara court with unlawfully awarding votes to Presidential candidate Japheth Kavinga Kaluyu.

The 440 votes were said to belong to President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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Mr John Kiguru Kamande is accused that on October 26 during the repeat presidential election, he entered 440 votes garnered by Mr Kenyatta as having been garnered by Mr Kavinga in Form 34A.

Mr Kiguru appeared before the Senior Resident Magistrate Manuella Kinyanjui although he did not take plea since the court has not been gazetted to hear election petitions.

The case has been referred to the Murang’a law court where the suspect is expected to take plea on Wednesday.

According to the case file (Number 1032/17), Mr Kiguru will remain in police custody until Wednesday.

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The case has been filed by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) through Kandara Returning Officer Mr Martin Malonza. 

Kandara Constituency has been the centre of attention since October 27 after a video showing Kandara MP Alice Wahome manhandling Mr Malonza went viral. She had allegedly complained that Mr Malonza rushed to relay the results without her input.

Mrs Wahome said she confronted the returning officer for not giving the Jubilee Party a chance to verify the results.

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However Mr Malonza said the confrontation had nothing to do with the results, citing that the MP wanted him to change a statement he had written in Form 34B explaining why the Jubilee Party agent refused to sign the form.

“The issue of the wrongly awarded results had been dealt with in the presence of the police, the Jubilee Party agent at the polling station, to an extent that the Presiding officer recorded a statement at Kandara police station,” he told Nation on October 28.

The office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has since ordered the immediate arrest of the MP and her prosecution.

However, according to sources within the police department, the MP has not been arrested.

Mr Malonza has recorded a statement at Kandara police station accusing Mrs Wahome of harassing him while he was discharging his mandate.

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