Right defenders have condemned the sorry state that marred the Msambweni by-election on Tuesday, December 15.
The only parliamentary by election in the country witnessed claims of voter intimidation, bribery, harassment and arrests.
The Independent candidate Feisal Abdallah Bader camp said a total of 56 of its agents were arrested and blocked from accessing polling stations.
Bader’s team termed the incidents as very unfortunate blaming their opponents the ODM camp for the fracas.
Nyali MP Mohammed Ali who together with Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa was heading Bader’s camp revealed that most of their agents and political leaders were arrested, beaten and locked in various police stations within Msambweni constituency.
Mr. Ali said the harassment was propagated by the ODM camp which went to an extent of using state officers in harassing them.
“Msambweni residents were not accorded conducive environment from them to vote. We blame the ODM camp and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission for the whole mess,” noted Mr. Ali.
During the voting, Lungalunga MP Khatib Abdallah Mwashetani and former Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama were arrested and locked up in different police stations.
The ODM camp was openly seen ordering police officers on what to do and their orders fully executed.
Locals and politicians blamed a section of Mombasa politicians for disrupting the peaceful voting.
However, the IEBC Kwale county office distanced itself from the allegations of being used and those of taking orders from ODM politicians.
The fierce battle is between Independent candidate Feisal Abdallah Bader and ODM candidate Omar Boga.
The by election has attracted a total of 9 contestants all fighting for about 69,003 votes spread in the four wards of Ramisi, Kinondo, Bongwe-Gombato and Ukunda.
[ODM candidate in the Msambweni by-election Omar Boga. Photo/courtesy].
The Msambweni by-election election has attracted a total of 9 contestants others in the race being Charles Bilali (Independent), Marere Wa Mwachai (National Vision Party), Hassan Mwakulonda (Party of Economic Democracy), Mahmoud Sheikh (Wiper Party), Khamis Mwakaonje (United Green Movement) and Mansury Kumaka (Independent).
Votes tallying is underway.