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Kiambaa, Muguga by-elections: Jubilee, UDA trade accusations of rigging and bribery

By Naomi Njoroge
Tuesday, July 20th, 2021 17:07 | < 1 min read
UDA Secretary General Veronica Maina

United Democratic Alliance(UDA) has countered the sentiments by the ruling Jubilee party that the Kiambaa by-election was rigged in their favour.

In the recently concluded Kiambaa by-elections, UDA's Njuguna Wanjiku was declared the winner after garnering 21,773 votes against Jubilee's Kariri Njama who managed 21,263 votes.

During a press conference on Monday, July 19, Jubilee expressed dissatisfaction with the results and asked the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to do a recount of the votes.

"We wish to categorically state that we are dissatisfied with how IEBC managed the by-election, particularly the tallying process. We demand a recount of the vote and will in the coming days pursue this,” Part of the statement by Jubilee read.

While addressing claims of election rigging by Jubilee, UDA's Secretary General Veronica Juma expressed utter shock that Jubilee would claim the polls were rigged noting that during the two by-elections, Jubilee applied all possible tactics to alter the results.

"Whining and claims of election rigging is the reserve of political parties outside government," UDA said in a statement to the media on Tuesday, July 20.

"It is shocking to note that after massive voter bribery, misuse of administration officers including uniformed chiefs, high levels of voter intimidation, the Jubilee party can demand for a vote recount while knowing very well that on July 15, they did everything possible to try and unfairly sway the results of Kiambaa Constituency & Muguga Ward By-election!" UDA said.

Naomi Njoroge