Azimio la Umoja One Kenya board chair, Ndiritu Muriithi, disclosed why they confronted Kenya Kwanza political leaders at Bomas of Kenya leading to fracas.
Speaking to TV47 on Friday, August 12, Muriithi accused Kenya Kwanza politicians of hovering around agents at the National Tallying Centre leading to confusion.
According to Muriithi, lawmakers allied to Deputy President William Ruto were breaching the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) ground rules.
Muriithi - who is awaiting the Laikipia county gubernatorial results to know whether he will serve for a second term - accused some Kenya Kwanza politicians of storming the National Tallying Centre with documents whose source could not be verified.Laikipia Governor Ndiritu Muriithi at the burial of his uncle, Samuel Githinji Kbaki in Othaya, Nyeri on Friday, October 29, 2021File
He, however, lauded IEBC for restoring order at Bomas, granting all candidates a level playing ground.
"What our competitors like to do is hover around, bring documents and create confusion," Muriithi stated.
"We had enough of it. We said if we are going to follow the rules, our competitors must also follow the rules. Fortunately, the commissioners saw our argument and brought order to the floor."
Initially, reports had indicated that a suspicious gadget had found its way into the tallying centre, causing anxiety among those present.
Journalists were asked to step out of the auditorium as IEBC officials led by Commissioner Abdi Guliye convened an urgent meeting with presidential candidates' Chief Agents.
Following the confrontation that temporarily halted the tallying process, Guliye directed politicians who had thronged the National Tallying Centre to leave if they had nothing to do, blaming them for the scuffle.
Guliye also banned journalists from taking pictures of IEBC officials.
On the fate of Azimio presidential candidate, Muriithi expressed confidence that the final tally would tilt in his favour.
Muriithi explained that the low turnout in Mount Kenya was as a result of the region not having its own presidential candidate.Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga casting his vote in Kibra Constituency on August 9, 2022.COURTESY
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