Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina has claimed that he would have died in the commotion that erupted at Bomas of Kenya before the announcement of the presidential results.
According to the Senator, president-elect William Ruto’s supporters, mostly elected Members of Parliament, brutally assaulted him.
Through his Twitter handle, Ledama indicated that he would not be alive if General Service Unit (GSU) officers had not protected him from his attackers.
“I was brutally assaulted by Williams Ruto’s supporters, most of them elected Members of Parliament at Bomas of Kenya shouting, “kill him kill him!” The GSU protected me otherwise I would have been killed,” he said.
Tension rose inside the Bomas of Kenya national tallying centre as the Electoral Commission began verifying presidential results.
Officials from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) battled to keep order after the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) reported that unapproved forms 34A were being smuggled in.
Ruto’s agents argued with electoral authorities over the suspicious documents, causing a commotion that was only defused by IEBC commissioners’ involvement.
The UDA members present threatened to walk out of the process of receiving and collating forms 34A and 34B, led by Secretary-General Veronica Maina.
Maina engaged the poll body’s employees at the quality assurance counter for at least 10 minutes before other UDA agents arrived.
With a crowd forming and unrest appearing to be unavoidable, IEBC Vice Chairperson Juliana Cherera and Commissioner Francis Wanderi intervened to keep things under control.
UDA agents had also complained about the number of people permitted at the four counters set up for form verification and collation.
Tabitha Mutemi, IEBC corporate affairs manager, later ordered unauthorised agents to leave the auditorium.
“If you have no role at the centre, kindly leave. We want to give the officers at the verification desk space to do their work,” said Mutemi.