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 heated conversations with both Joho and ODM’s Abdulswamad Nassir before police officers intervened. Nearby crowds had gathered round the incident in order to witness the scuffle among the politicians.
While addressing the media before being whisked away, Sonko decried that his rivals had attempted to steal votes through using intimidation tactics.
“They are planning to steal votes, we are done with such intimidations, they wanted us to leave and we will not be shaken,” Sonko stated.
Meanwhile,Jubilee Party’s Migori Governor aspirant Dalmas Otieno was on Tuesday reportedly attacked at the Anindo Primary School polling centre in Awendo sub-county.
Mr. Otieno’s bodyguard suffered head injuries, while the windscreens of two of his vehicles were cracked following an alleged attack by a group of about ten youth.
Confirming the incident, Migori County Police Commander Mark Wanjala said Mr. Otieno was inspecting the voting exercise at the polling station when the youth started pelting stones at his vehicles.
According to Mr. Wanjala, the gubernatorial aspirant’s bodyguard then came out of the vehicle to respond but was hacked on the head and his firearm snatched from him.
The police boss said officers however responded swiftly and managed to recover the firearm with 13 rounds of ammunition.
He also said Mr. Otieno managed to escape unhurt during the fracas, while his bodyguard was treated at Rapcom hospital.
Mr. Wanjala further stated that they have since been able to identify some of the suspects and the police are now pursuing them.
Elsewhere in Suna West sub-county, a clerk attached to Kosege polling station was arrested after he was found in possession of five ballot papers.
The county police commander said the ballot papers were for the Woman Representative and Governor positions placed on his desk.
He said the clerk is presently in police custody pending investigations.