The National Cohesion and Integration Commission(NCIC) has summoned ten politicians over the chaos and violence witnessed during Thursday’s by-elections.
NCIC chair Samuel Kobia says that the said politicians will face disciplinary action and even get barred from running for office in the future.
“These summons do not just indicate our intention to investigate and prosecute but rather also indicate the plan of the Commission to stop the unethical leaders from occupying office,” said Kobia.
Among those summoned include; Senators Gladys Wanga, Cleophas Malala, Milicent Omanga, and MPs John Walukhe, Aisha Jumwa, Faisal Bader, Fred Kapondi, Benjamin Washiali and Charles Were.
On Friday, Interior CS Fred Matiang’i warned that all politicians involved in the chaotic by-elections would have their firearms suspended with immediate effect.
“The reason why politicians continue to incite violence is because they have never faced the real consequences. We will deal with this menace once and for all. We can’t have leaders paying bonds of KSh10,000 and wait for the case mention after around 10 months,” said Matiang’i.
In the same breath, IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati condemned the lawlessness expressed by politicians in the by-elections, forewarning against such behaviour in the upcoming by-elections.
“IEBC takes this earliest opportunity to sternly warn politicians and members of the public that no acts of violence will be tolerated,” he said.
Chebukati asserted that perpetrators behind the assaults of poll officials would not go unpunished.
“The Commission is committed to ensuring that those involved in harassing and assaulting election officials, as well as perpetrating other forms of electoral malpractice face the full extent of the law,” he added.
The March 4, 2021 by-elections occurred in Kabuchai and Matungu constituencies, and in Huruma, London, Hell’s Gate and Kiamokama wards.