The last day of campaigns for Kabuchai parliamentary by-elections was cut short after an accident happened during the exercise.
The accident left Bungoma County woman representative, Catherine Wambilianga and seven others nursing serious injuries. The legislator's leg suffered two fractures and she was rushed to Bungoma Lifecare Hospital where she successfully underwent a surgery.
According to an eye witness, the vehicle that was part of Wambilianga’s entourage lost control and ran into them as they awaited to receive Ford Kenya party leader Moses Wetangula.Catherine Wambilianga, Bungoma Woman Rep Addressing People at a FunctionFile
“The vehicle belonging to Chwele MCA Barasa Mukhongo lost control and rammed into the crowd. I think the driver wanted to engage a reverse gear but accidentally engaged front gear instead,” said an eyewitness.
The accident happened in Sikusi, at the home of Ford Kenya aspirant in Kabuchai by-election Majimbo Simiyu Kalasinga.
The by-elections of Kabuchai constituency will be held later this week on Thursday, March 4.
Kabuchai seat fell vacant following the demise of James Mukwe Lusweti on Friday, December 4, 2020.
The Amani National Congress (ANC) lawmaker passed away at Karen hospital in Nairobi where he was undergoing treatment.
Jubilee bowed out of the by-elections after the party withdrew its aspirant from vying for the seat.
Deputy President William Ruto’s party United Democratic Alliance named Evans Kakai as their candidate.
The by-election of Matungu constituency is also scheduled to take place on the same day Thursday March, 4.
Primary schools serving as polling centres will remain closed for learning until after the by-election.Kabuchai MP James Lusweti Mukwewith AMREF medics and Webuye West MP Dan Wanyama (in chequered shirt) and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula (second right) at Wilson Airport on Thursday, April 16File
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