KANU leaders from West Pokot County have warned against elections rigging in the County during the election.
The leaders called on the Electoral and Boundaries commission [IEBC] to ensure the elections which will be conducted are credible.
Led by West Pokot Senator John Lonyangapuo who is vying for the County gubernatorial seat and former cabinet Minister Samuel Poghisio who is vying for the Senatorial seat, the leaders claimed that some individuals from another region who were staying in the County are planning to rig elections on 8th August.
“We have some people we have spotted from Uasin Gishu who are loitering around planning to steal elections. Jubilee people in this County are planning to steal votes,” said Lonyangapuo.
He said they will man all the 712 polling stations in the County. “They are planning to steal our votes but will not make it,” he said.
The leaders declared their support for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s reelection bid. We have our friend Uhuru Kenyatta who has asked as to support him.
Speaking at Chepareria, the Senator condemned the recent chaos witnessed in Chepareria between Jubilee and KANU supporters and accused Jubilee leaders of inciting the youth to cause violence.
Lonyangapuo further faulted the current County government for having misplaced priorities. “I have pushed for 21 billion shillings from the national government to the County since devolution started and there is nothing tangible that has been done. They have been building offices which have no use,” he said.
He accused some leaders from the County for misuse of public funds. “The government should arrest the Pokot South member of parliament Mr. David Pkossing over the Chepareria technical institute which collapsed,” he said.
Mr. Poghisio dismissed claims by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission report that West Pokot is a hot spot zone. He called on residents to embrace peace before and after the general elections.