KILIFI: Controversy as Kingi clinches ODM governor ticket

Fisheries Minister Amason Kingi. PHOTO / FILE
By BOZO JENJE bjenje@ke.nationmedia.com  ( email the author)

Posted  Friday, January 18   2013 at  12:12
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Claims of vote rigging marred ODM nominations in Kilifi county despite Minister Amason Kingi being declared the party's candidate for the governor seat.

Judge Stewart Madzayo won the ticket for senate race, Esther Kache for the Women representative position.

Gideon Mungaro and Nicholas Mrima Mwanyepe were given the nod for the Kilifi North and Kilifi South parliamentary seats respectively.

Angry party supporters claimed that the returning officer had doctored the tally of the votes casted in favour of certain aspirants.

The returning officer Mr David Mulee had to be whisked to safety by the police after supporters threatened to beat him.

Mr Mulei had declared the winners of the nominations without announcing the total number of votes cast at various polling centres.

According to the results, Minister Amason Kingi won the governor seat after defeating Eng John Lenga.

In the senator Seat, former industrial judge Stewart Madzayo won against former long serving cabinet minister Noah Katana Ngala.

Before announcing the results, the returning told aspirants and supporters that there were ballots papers from 10 centers that were to be ferried late to the counting hall.

“We have been told that the vehicles that were carrying the ballot papers broke down and the presiding officers cell phones are all switched off. We cannot continue with the counting until we manage to trace the officers and the ballot boxes, “he added.

But before the votes arrived, he hurriedly announced the results without accounting the votes that were delayed.

Contacted by phone, Mr Mulee said he would announce the final tallies of each aspirant to the media after 10 minutes. But subsequent effort to contact him failed as he refused to pick his calls.

At the same time, ODM Kilifi County secretary Dodson Chiro Mwaunga blamed the returning officer for manipulating the preliminary results of aspirants.

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