Gladys Shollei Explains Claims of Being Kicked out at Bomas

  • Uasin Gishu Woman Representative Gladys Shollei (centre) holds a piece of paper at the Bomas of Kenya on August 12, 2022.
    Uasin Gishu Woman Representative Gladys Shollei (centre) holds a piece of paper at the Bomas of Kenya on August 12, 2022.
  • Uasin Gishu Woman Representative-elect Gladys Boss Shollei explained the altercation that occurred at Bomas of Kenya on Friday, August 12, after she was spotted carrying suspicious pieces of paper from one of the desks during the validation of presidential results. 

    Speaking to NTV, Shollei detailed that the pieces of paper contained information regarding the schedule of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) team helping in the verification exercise. 

    She noted that her role as one of DP William Ruto's deputy chief agents was to organise the roster and hand it to the security personnel at Bomas of Kenya in order to give clearance. 

    UDA Uasin Gishu Women Representative Gladys Boss Shollei at Bomas of Kenya on August,9, 2022
    UDA Uasin Gishu Women Representative Gladys Boss Shollei in the middle of other poll agents at Bomas of Kenya on August,9, 2022

    The Woman Representative pointed an accusing finger at the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) agents, terming the fracas as mere gimmicks used by a side that is on the losing end. 

    "I think ODM was playing theatrics. When you see someone standing up out of the blues and running towards me saying they don't want me to be there, that's a point of concern. First and foremost I am not his guest at Bomas, I was there as one of Ruto's deputy chief agents. They saw me with a piece of paper in my possession, a schedule of the team that we had aiding in the verification."

    "At the time, the shift was ending and the security guys sought to know those leaving and those coming in so they could clear them at the gate. It's surprising that Azimio also has their agents who have similar rosters, so these were part of their gimmicks since they know they are losing," she stated. 

    Shollei alleged that such antics from the ODM side would be characterised as the last kicks of a dying horse. 

    "Since 4 am on Thursday, August 11, they tried to cause problems by stealing and snatching two laptops from team members even though we're permitted to have laptops on our desks," she claimed. 

    Responding to the claims, constitutional lawyer Ben Sihanya accused Shollei of misinformation, noting that the Kenya Kwanza coalition has been the victim of spreading falsified news. 

    "There is a lot of evidence that apart from attempts from falsification of evidence, issues of fake news, there is also the issue of security detail changing rules because of the peculiar behaviour from the United Democratic Alliance agents, "Azimio's Sihanya intimated. 

    In order to restore order at Bomas, IEBC Commissioner, Abdi Guliye, introduced a raft of measures including allowing only IEBC officials, two party agents, and returning officers at Bomas. 

    He also affirmed that presidential agents would be allowed to have a laptop for downloading Forms 34A from the public portal and every agent would have one laptop per desk.

    "We will not allow anybody including agents of presidential candidates to frustrate the effort of trying to comply with our 7-day deadline. We will increase security on the auditorium floor if need be," Guliye stated. 

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    IEBC preparing to give a press at Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi on August 5
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