Ex-Machakos Senator Muthama Arrested As Chaos Erupts in Msambweni

Former Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama has been arrested.

Muthama was arrested after chaos erupted at the Jomo Kenyatta Primary School polling station in Msambweni over voter bribery claims.

Police has since closed and declared the station a no-go zone.

Voters have also camped outside chanting anti-government songs after being barred from accessing the polling station.

Earlier, Lungalunga MP Khatib Abdalla Mwashetani escaped arrest after GSU officers allegedly surrounded his residential home.

The MP was saved by his fellow tanga tanga leaders who stood against the officers according to videos that emerged online on Tuesday, December 15.

The clip showed Nyali MP Mohammed Ali, Oscar Sudi (Kapseret), Aisha Jumwa (Malindi) and former Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar scolding a police officer over the attempted arrest of the MP.

Ali accused the police of taking sides in the election when they are supposed to maintain a neutral stance.

“It is as if you have taken sides. We are all grown-ups and so we should talk respectfully. Is he under arrest?” Questioned Ali.

The hotly contested mini poll has seen Orange Democratic Movement leaders clash with Deputy President William Ruto allies after some were allegedly caught bribing voters.

Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho also clashed Mwashetani at the same station where Muthama was arrested after the governor allegedly busted him giving money to voters to vote for independent candidate Faisal Mohammed.

There was another confrontation pitting Mvita MP Abdullswamad sheriff and Nyali MP Mohamed Ali at ODM candidate Omar Boga’s home area in Mworoni primary school, Ukunda township where the bribery claims surfaced.

Electoral body IEBC is yet to confirm the reports of voters being offered money to vote in a certain way.

ODM candidate Omar Boga claimed after casting his vote in the morning that there are attempts to rig the election.

He alleged that some of his supporters particularly women were being coerced and harassed and that no action had been taken even after lodging a complaint.

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