Former Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko was on Tuesday evening, August 9, whisked away by police officers after he was involved in a near fist fight with outgoing Mombasa Governor Hassan Ali Joho.
Sonko engaged in a heated exchange with Joho and ODM's Abdulswamad Nassir before police officers intervened. Onlookers milled around the scene of the incident to catch a glimpse of the scuffle pitting the trio.
While addressing the media before being whisked away, Sonko claimed that his rivals had attempted to influence the outcome of the elections through intimidation.
"They are planning to steal votes, we are done with such intimidation, they wanted us to leave and we will not be shaken," Sonko stated.
Media reports indicated that police officers had to shoot in the air to disperse the highly charged crowd.
Earlier, Sonko had raised concerns over the arrest of two politicians affiliated with the United Democratic Alliance (UDA).
He, alongside Hassan Omar - Kenya Kwanza's gubernatorial candidate, had termed the arrests as an attempt to distract the coalition's agents from monitoring the election process.
Sonko further alleged that there were reported cases where voters were given more than one ballot paper.
He also alleged that some of their agents had been kicked out of the polling centers therefore curtailing their efforts to oversee the process. The former governor urged the police to take the necessary action.
The Mombasa drama unfolded barely hours after Nakuru East MP David Gikaria was arrested for allegedly fighting an opponent's supporters at Naka Primary School polling station.
Nakuru county police boss, Peter Mwanzo stated that the legislator had assaulted a voter at a polling station in his constituency.
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