Chaos After Varsity Students Discover IEBC Ballot Materials
By Jeckonia Otieno
NAIROBI; KENYA: Riots erupted at Kenyatta University’s main campus after students discovered ballot materials in one of the buildings. Problem started earlier in the day when students allegedly discovered some unexplained business at the university’s business centre.
Before the riots could end, students had burnt a car whose owner could not be established and barricaded the Thika Superhighway forcing vehicles to resort to other routes hence a massive traffic snarl up. According to students, the room had been marked OUT OF BOUNDS by those who were inside conducting unexplained business.
Students noted that they got suspicious after they found out that the door was marked yet there were activities associated to the currently disputed elections going on. Inside the hall were ballot materials ranging ballot boxes, books, papers, rubber stamps, jackets and lantern lamps. It is further alleged that the people who were inside the hall might have diffused into the crowd hence none was arrested.
National Assembly elect for Budalang’i, Ababu Namwamba, arrived at the scene and asked for investigations to be carried out speedily so that it can be established what ballot materials were doing at the university yet all the materials were supposed to be at the National Tallying Centre at Bomas of Kenya.
“This is democracy on trial,” said Namwamba adding that it is very unusual that some of the ballot materials have been used while others have not been touched which raises serious questions on the credibility o these elections.” Namwamba further wondered why materials would be locked and barricaded inside a room with a group of people yet there was still a dispute.
“Why, the secrecy?” wondered the legislator, “I smell a big fat rat here because if IEBC received all the return forms, then what are these doing here?” He also noted that after the materials had been discovered; neither security officers nor IEBC officials had arrived at the scene to see what was happening.