Msambweni Elections: ODM's Omar Boga Takes on DP Ruto Allies

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    President Uhuru Kenyatta (left), Omar Boga (middle), Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho (left) conversing at Liwantoni, Mombasa on Thursday, December 10.
  • The ODM Msambweni candidate, Omar Boga, has warned Deputy President William Ruto's allies against causing chaos in the constituency on election day.

    Speaking after he cast his vote, Boga alleged that there had been a slight problem earlier on when some individuals wanted to cause chaos. The by-election is currently ongoing with polls expected to close later today on Tuesday, December 15. 

    "It is as if they are looking for my areas of strongholds and causing scenes so that the women in the area will shy away from voting," Boga told reporters.

    ODM Msambweni MP aspirant Omar Boga
    ODM Msambweni MP aspirant Omar Boga

    Boga encouraged members of his constituency to come out in large numbers and vote, adding that security had been beefed up.

    "I already voted at around 8am at Jogoo Primary School and everything is running smoothly. The process is fast and only took me a minute to vote," he stated.

    The DP's allies, who have been supporting independent candidate Faisal Bader, alleged that the government had transferred top security officers ahead of the election.

    Kandara MP Alice Wahome insisted that Interior PS Karanja Kibicho should explain why the Msambweni OCPD had been handed an emergency transfer, alongside his police officers.

    “The PS Interior and Coordination National Gov’t. Tell the country why you have made an emergency transfer of OCPD Bitok of Msambweni and his police officers. Are you planning to mess up with electoral security for by-election tomorrow?" the MP questioned.

    Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen backed up the MP also saying that top security officials had been transferred at night before the election.

    "Msambweni top security officers transferred a night before elections meanwhile a team of police officers who have been meeting a Governor in Mombasa are set to take over from to tonight. What is the the motive?" he posed.

    The outcome of the Msambweni election is expected to test the political power of President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga against the DP.

    The constituency, which has more than 69,000 voters will elect a new MP following the death of Suleiman Dori eight months ago.

    Out of respect for the handshake deal, the president did not field a Jubilee candidate for the election.

    During his recent tour to the Coast, the president met with Boga at State House Mombasa. The meeting was highly regarded as an endorsement from the President.

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    Omar Boga (left), President Uhuru Kenyatta (central), Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho (left), Transport CS James Macharia (far left) conversing at State House, Mombasa on Thursday, December 10.