National Assembly Majority leader Amos Kimunya met a hostile reception in Kiambaa in the early hours after polling stations opened for the mouthwatering by-election.
Kimunya, who is in the location to represent the Jubilee Party was confronted by a group of youths from the Jubilee party rival, presumably the United Democratic Alliance.
The majority leader clashed with the group on claims that he is not an agent nor a voter in the constituency, hence had no business being around a polling station.
“Hakutakuwa na Amani Mpaka atoke hapa.Enda Kipipiri uko hatukutaki hapa,(There will be no peace until he gets out of here. Go back to Kipipiri (constituency), we do not need you here!)” said a youth in the crowd.
Just like a decade ago when he was the finance minister, the Majority leader was faced with ‘Kimunya must go!’ chants in Kiambaa.
Unbowed by the chants, the Majority leader said he was at the polling station rightfully and will not be intimidated. He was well protected by armed police officers.
“They want to influence them. But I am officially here as an agent with my name at the IEBC. I have been here since 6 am and It has been peaceful. Why should I leave? I am here to represent my party,” he said.
He went ahead to prove to them that he had been cleared by the IEBC to be at the pollling station.
“This is my oath of secrecy, statistics, and notes. I have cleared with the presiding officer. I am here officially. The process has been very peaceful. In fact, I was here from yesterday,” he said.
The Kiambaa by-elections have attracted much attention from Kenyans since it has been termed as the litmus test for President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto’s political influence in Mt Kenya.
It has also been termed as the determinant of the political direction that the Mt Kenya region will take in the 2022 General Election.
The race is filled with 6 candidates, but the focus is largely on Jubilee’s Kariri Njama and UDA’s John Njuguna.