Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru is seeking to have one of her main rivals barred from competing in the August polls on grounds of allegedly sabotaging her campaign efforts.
The incumbent governor, who is seeking to defend her seat on a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party ticket, claims that the unnamed rival intentionally destroyed her campaign posters in various parts of Kirinyaga.
In a Twitter post on Tuesday, Waiguru stated that she would file a complaint with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
“Today I will be lodging an official complaint to the IEBC through my lawyers to bar my opponent from running for electoral office for destroying my campaign material, contrary to the Elections Act 2016 and Elections Conduct,” said the governor.
In photographs that accompanied the aforementioned tweet, one of Waiguru’s campaign posters is seen lying in a ditch, while another has been turned into a make-shift cover for a motorcycle shed.
Waiguru is poised to lock horns with Charles Kibiru (Jubilee), Wangui Ngirici (Independent), Muriithi Kagai (Narc Kenya) and Peter Gitau (Safina).
Kirinyaga County was recently in the headlines following an incident involving youth disrupting political rallies.
Six people were arrested last week for heckling Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition party presidential running mate Martha Karua during her homecoming in the county.
The six were arrested for hurling stones at Karua’s motorcade in Kagumo and Kerugoya.
The arrests came after Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho directed police officers across the country to launch a crackdown on goons being hired by rogue politicians to disrupt political events.