Youths in Malava unleash bees in attempt to disrupt voting

Friday October 27 2017

Voters queue

Voters queue to cast their ballots on October 26, 2017. Youths used bees to block the entrance of a polling station in Malava Constituency, Kakamega County. PHOTO | ANTHONY OMUYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By LINET WAFULA
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Police had a rough time controlling rowdy youths who used a swarm of bees to block the entrance of a polling station in Malava Constituency, Kakamega County.

The youth carried a hive full of the bees to Matsakha Primary School polling station forcing IEBC officials to call in the law enforcers from Malava Police Station.

A handful voters present were forced to move far away from the gate fearing attack by the bees.

Malava OCPD Anne Muli led an operation to fight the bees.

Police had earlier arrested some youths at Matsakha and Shilongo for attempting to disrupt voting.

CHIEF CHASED AWAY

At Mugai primary school, an assistant chief was chased away by angry locals who accused him of dishing handouts to coerce people to vote.

Locals said the officer was giving people perceived to be Jubilee supporters Sh50 and directing them to the polling station to cast their ballots.

But Hassan Musumi, the Sundulo Sub-Location chief, denied the claims saying he went to the polling station to see how the voting was progressing.

“It is not true that I was giving out money. I just went to the polling station to find out whether things were going on well and left immediately,” he said adding that he has no money to give out.

MAN BEATS WIFE

Earlier, a man in the area beat up his wife accusing her of going to vote against his wish.

Ezekiel Kitiavi confronted his wife as she was walking back home from Mugai polling centre.

“It is common knowledge that I am a Nasa supporter yet my wife sneaked to go and vote for Jubilee,” he told journalists.

Most of the polling stations in the area were deserted despite having been opened in good time.

Malava Constituency Returning Officer Isaac Ruto said there were isolated cases of hitches with Kiems kist which were later resolved.

Malava MP Malulu Injendi cast his ballot at Lugusi Primary School.

He was optimistic that Jubilee would garner more than the 8,000 votes it bagged on August 8.