Police Intervene After UDA, Azimio Politicians Clash at Bomas

  • Police intervening between Azimio and UDA leaders at the Bomas of Kenya on August 12, 2022.
    Police intervening between Azimio and UDA leaders at the Bomas of Kenya on August 12, 2022.
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  • Police officers were forced to intervene after Azimio la Umoja and United Democratic Alliance(UDA) politicians clashed over the verification of Forms 34B¬†at the Bomas of Kenya.

    The scuffle ensued after Azimio leaders alleged that UDA agents were interfering with the verification process.

    In particular, Ruaraka MP-elect Tom Kajwang and Homabay governor-elect Gladys Wanga took issue with the frequent movements of Uasin Gishu Woman Representative-elect, Gladys Shollei, in and out of the tallying center.

    Prof. Abdi Guliye
    IEBC Commissioner Prof Abdi Guliye at Bomas of Kenya On August, 8
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    Kajwang and Wanga alleged that Shollei's movements were too frequent, further claiming that she was in possession of a document. However, this was not verifiable.

    The scuffle also saw the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) commissioner, Abdi Guliye, intervene to bring sanity.

    Guliye was seen approaching Suna East MP-elect Junet Mohammed to help calm the Azimio team as they raised their concerns.

    The incident barely came hours after the verification process at the National Tallying Center was temporarily halted after the two teams clashed.

    IEBC was forced to lay ground rules for both teams to ensure that no crisis occurs again, with the electoral body indicating that teams were delaying the tallying process despite the tight timelines it was trying to beat.

    Some of the rules set include the ban on carrying papers to the verification desk and limited number of agents to oversee the process.

    Additionally, the electoral body banned journalists and politicians from taking pictures of its officials who are verifying the Forms 34B alongside agents of the presidential candidates.

    IEBC Vice Chair, Juliana Cherera, indicated that they had received forms from the 290 constituencies but had not reached halfway through the process.

    However, she indicated that the process would be completed in time before the 7-day deadline lapses next week.

    IEBC Vice Chairperson Juliana Cherera during an IEBC briefing at the Bomas of Kenya on Monday, August 1, 2022. (1).jpg
    IEBC Vice Chairperson Juliana Cherera during an IEBC briefing at the Bomas of Kenya on Monday, August 1, 2022.
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