Four journalists were injured this morning during a scuffle involving Langata MP, Nixon Korir, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator, Kipchumba Murkomen and supporters of different candidates in the London Ward By-election in Nakuru.
The MP allied to the United Democratic Alliance had gone to Mlimani Polling Station apparently to monitor voting when supporters of other candidates in the race forcefully ejected him.
A clash between supporters of different candidates ensued with the people engaging in running battles, fist-fights and throwing stones.
Police has to lob tear=gas to disperse the fighting camps as Korir’s car sped off almost running over Citizen reporter, Evans Asiba who was capturing the incident.
Warm up for 2022. Senators Murkomen, Susan Kihika and Lang'ata MP Nixon Korir practicing what ODM has been doing since 2007. The Canaan journey is more real than ever. This is in London ward, Nakuru. pic.twitter.com/GuBDGvZW9a
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Asiba almost suffered a sprain on the leg as he ducked to avoid Korir’s car as a section of supporters tried to snatch his camera.
Media Max Crew suffered various injuries to the head and upper body as the supporters pelted them with stones.
Kameme’s Regina Wangui was hit with a stone on the chest while Emoo FM’s Elijah Cherutich was hit on the head, chest and back.
Cherutich lost his Media Council of Kenya press card during the melee.
K24 Television’s Kigotho Mwangi was also hit by a tear gas canister as the police tried to control the crowd.
Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Returnig Officer, Silas Rotich said they had to stop the exercise at Milimani Polling Station for about 20 minutes for the air to clear.
He said operations resumed and urged residents to continue going to the polling stations to vote.
On Wednesday, a near scuffle was experienced at Jarika Hotel in Nakuru Town West where UDA proponent were holding a meeting.
Police disrupted the meeting on allegations that they were planning violence during today’s by-election in London Ward.
-The Star/ Lois Macharia