In connection with the violence that disrupted the South Gem ward by-election in Siaya County on Friday, two people were charged in court.
15 people were hurt in the altercation, which saw several vehicles attacked with stones and another set ablaze.
The two were detained at the Kambere voting location while traveling in a vehicle with rudimentary weapons, according to Siaya Police Commander Michael Muchiri.
Police are also looking for additional suspects who are thought to be the chaos’s masterminds.
The police chief stated, “We anticipate making a few more arrests in relation to the violence that occurred yesterday.”
“Our information suggests that some of these people originated in our neighboring county (Kisumu). We won’t take any chances until this matter is resolved definitively. The law must be followed.”
In the South Gem ward by-election, independent Brian Ochieng defeated Raila Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party to win the seat.
IEBC Returning Officer Ezekiel Juma proclaimed Mr. Ochieng the winner after he received 3,469 votes to ODM contender Polycarp Wanga’s 3,353 votes.
With 321 votes, Jubilee Party candidate Kenneth Omolo finished far behind MDG candidate Bernard Ondego (67), independent David Nyang’un (44), and LDP candidate John Adino (35).
David Audi of the UDM party received 20, the independent candidate Christopher Ouma received 21, and Enock Okinyi Okech of the CPK received the final 11 votes.