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Bribery, leaflets, voter apathy the tale in Mathare by election

11 August 2014, 14:20 William Korir

Nairobi - Bribery accusations, damning leaflets and voter apathy have so far marked the Mathare by election.

The by- election, which has been postponed severally for various reasons has arrived with accusations and counter accusations following it.

Top of the agenda has been leaflets that were sent around the constituency Sunday indicating that Orange Democratic Movement ODM candidate Stephen Kariuki had quit the race.

Kariuki immediately accused his National Alliance counterpart George Wanjohi of spreading the leaflets.

" We all know where they have come from. It is not worth mentioning names because we know who they are and why they are doing it.

" They are just afraid of losing and have sough out underhand tactics to achieve their goal, Kariuki said.

Wanjohi on his part laughed off the accusations and intimated that the leaflets could actually bear some truth.

" I have nothing to do with the leaflets and no one in my ca,p has anything to do with them, he retorted.

" Maybe we know Kariuki has accepted defeat already and wants to quit before it becomes embarrassing for him, he said.

On the other hand, the two key individuals in the race were accused of bribery by the smaller candidates.

Sammy Mudanya of the PPP party (Progressive People's Party) and his independent counterpart William Omondi accused Kariuki and Wanjohi of bribery.

" They have been bribing voters and the IEBC should be on this case as it breaks several election rules, Mudanya said.

At 1PM, the voter turnout had slightly improved as compared to the morning where there were very few people on the lines but there was hope that in the later part of the day, there would be improvements.

" We hope it picks up. It has improved and we hope that it goes on in that way, Wanjohi quipped.

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