Mbadi Summon by IEBC Spells Trouble For ODM Ahead of Kibra Election

ODM Chairman John Mbadi during a past media briefing

ODM chairman John Mbadi has been summoned by IEBC as the tables have turned for the opposition party ahead of the slated Kibra by-election.

Problems seem to be coming thick and fast for the Raila Odinga party after the electoral body took action through a  summon to the party chair over the recent violence that has marred the Kibra campaigns.

Mbadi is expected to appear before the Wafula Chebukati led team on October 18 to explain the recent attack on Jubilee Kibra candidate Macdonald Mariga’s motorcade.

The meeting is set to be held at the IEBC offices at 10 am on Friday.

IEBC Summon to ODM Chair John Mbadi
Charge Sheet by IEBC against ODM over Kibra Chaos

Mbadi however has been given a day to respond to the matter before the hearing is conveyed.

The notice given by the Secretary, Electoral Code of Conduct Enforcement Committee Salome Oyugi, indicated that a verdict on the matter would be given if Mbadi failed to show up on the given day.

According to the commission, the move was as a result of a complaint filed by Mariga over the stoning of his vehicles during a rally in the area.

The body pointed out that the organisation had breached the Electoral Code of Conduct of the Elections Act (2011).

“ODM party as party with a candidate in the forthcoming Kibra Constituency By-election, you are accused that your supporters attacked, disrupted campaigns by causing violence and intimidated Wanyama Macdonald Mariga who is a Jubilee party candidate and his supporters and even damaged his campaign motor vehicles.”

“You are accused that ODM party leaders are instigating violence and are planning to cause chaos in order to disrupt the November 7 2019 by-election exercise.” read a part of the letter by IEBC.

On Saturday during a jubilee gathering at Bukhungu grounds in Makina Ward, the once Harambee Stars captain’s vehicles were stoned by rowdy youth.

A Toyota Prado donning the colors of the ruling party and Mariga’s image, had its windows and boot broken by supporters affiliated to ODM Kibra candidate Imran Okoth.

The chaotic youth went to lit the tyres of the car on the opposite side of the road.

Mariga’s Landcruiser that was stoned in Kibra
Tyres of the Toyota Land Cruiser burnt by the rowdy youth

Reports claimed that the violence resulted after the locals seized one of Deputy President William Ruto’s supporters with Ksh 10 million alleged to be used to but ID’s from a targeted community in the area.

Mariga had however on Sunday condemned the incident and reassured his supporters that the attack would strengthen them to campaign harder as they readied for the contest.

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