Mob disrupts IEBC training in Kisumu

A mob on Tuesday disrupted a planned training session for electoral officials in Kisumu County at Awasi, Muhoroni Constituency.

The morning incident happened as clerks hired to conduct upcoming elections gathered at the Awasi Multicultural Christian Centre for a four-day training when members of the public attacked.

Kisumu Returning Officer John Ngutahi said the session was to prepare 399 presiding and deputy presiding officers when the mob attacked claiming the training was an illegal activity.


“We were just assembling and not all the officers had checked in when the incident happened. The police intervened and we had to relocated to a safer venue,” he said.

The officials then relocated to the safer Awasi Sub-County office and were guarded by the police. Police were also forced to guard another training session at the Ahero Multipurpose Hall after a gang of youth gathered to disrupt the officials’ preparations.

Awasi-Onjiko Ward Representative Otieno Ongeta praised  the locals for taking swift action, arguing IEBC officials would not be allowed to work there.

“I thank my people for standing with the position of the coalition (Nasa). Today was meant to mourn the people who were killed in the anti-IEBC protests. People should be on the lookout and  ready to flush out any illegal activity.”

“There will be no elections without reforms .”

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