- Presidential candidates President Uhuru and Raila Odinga were heckled in Kisumu and Kiambu counties respectively last week
- In Raila's case, youth ended up stoning his convoy, forcing the opposition leaders to flee from Thika and Githurai
- The IEBC has now announced some of the measures it will take following investigations into the incidents
- Among them could be barring candidates and fining those found to have committed the offenses
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission is set to unveil findings of its investigations into the heckling of President Uhuru Kenyatta in Kisumu county, and National Super Alliance presidential candidate Raila Odinga in Thika town and Githurai in Kiambu county.
According to the IEBC boss Wafula Chebukati, investigators were sent to these regions last week and are set to release their findings on Monday, July 17.
In their move to curb political intolerance three weeks to the August 8 election, the poll body outlined some of the measures it will take after going through the findings of the investigators.
“We will fine the offenders, suspend campaigns in the violence-prone areas and barr candidates from participating in the election. We call on all candidates, political parties and their supporters to conduct their campaigns with the utmost restraint and in strict adherence to the Electoral Code of Conduct,” said Chebukati as quoted in the Daily Nation on Monday, Jul 17.
On Wednesday, July 12, UhuRuto were heckled by NASA supporters as accusations were traded that the youth were sent to heckle the leaders.
In what appeared to be retaliation, Jubilee supporters heckled the NASA brigade, but in Thika and Githurai, things took a turn for the worse when the youth took to stoning the opposition leaders’ vehicles.
Raila Odinga then claimed the violence had been organized, calling on Kenyans to be politically tolerant.
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Leaders from across the political divide spent a better part of last week calling on Kenyans to be peaceful during this campaign season, even castigating their supporters for attacking the opposition only for Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko to be quoted calling on Jubilee supporters to stone NASA leaders.
TUKO.co.ke reported that Sonko said the opposition should be stoned for what their supporters did to President Uhuru in Kisumu.
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