Two arrested in Murang’a over incitement leaflets

Police in Murang’a on Saturday arrested two people and impounded vehicles belonging to a gubernatorial candidate Moses Mwangi on allegation of being found circulating incitement leaflets.

The vehicles, a road show truck and a private car are being held at Kahuro police station after they were intercepted along Murang’a-Mugoiri road.

Kahuro OCPD David Kandie said drivers of the two vehicles were arrested after some leaflets discrediting Murang’a governor Mwangi wa Iria were found in their possession.

Kandie said other occupants in the vehicles which were on campaign trail of the gubernatorial aspirant managed to escape.

He said the truck was also painted with Jubilee party colours, which breaches electoral laws since Mwangi is vying on Mzalendo Saba Saba party.

Kandie said they have started investigating the matter, while warning politicians against engaging in activities which may cause chaos.

Speaking at the police station, Wa Iria accused his opponent of spreading incitement leaflets which are purported to tarnish his name as people prepare to vote on Tuesday.

The governor claimed that his opponent has also written letters to all churches in Murang’a, which will be read to congregations, cautioning them not to elect him on allegations that he is a corrupt leader.

I have arrived here to confirm the arrest of people who are going around circulating leaflets which are damaging my image. But I want to tell people of Murang’a to remain calm and vote for me on Tuesday, he pleaded.

The governor castigated Mwangi for failing to campaign using policies, but instead opting to spread propaganda which will not help him get majority support from the electorate.

Earlier in the day, when the governor was meeting graduands who were sponsored by the county government to pursue short technical causes at Ihura Stadium, he asked Christians to avoid being swayed by a letter which is purported to be written by a section of bishops indicating his leadership as marred by corruption.

Christians should not be swayed by some pastors who are colluding with my opponent to tarnish my reputation, said the governor.

Source: Kenya News Agency