Exclusive! Why police disrupted Bunge la Mwananchi elections
The Bunge la Mwananchi elections came to an unexpected halt as police officers intervened, disrupting the proceedings at Jivanjee Gardens.
In an exclusive interview with Nairobi News, Robert Kiberenge, the chairman of the Bunge la Mwananchi election committee, shed light on the incident that unfolded during the crucial electoral process.
According to Kiberenge, the police intervention was sparked by the absence of a letter from the Regional Commander confirming authorization for the event.
“The elections were progressing seamlessly from 8 am in the morning. However, around 10 am, the police dispersed the voters, demanding that we present a letter indicating permission to hold the elections,” shared Kiberenge.
Addressing the oversight in acquiring the necessary clearance letter, Kiberenge explained, “Last Tuesday, we visited the OCS officer, and we were instructed to draft a letter to the Regional Commander while also copying the OCS office. We promptly complied with the directive.”
Organizing a political gathering within the city requires obtaining a clearance form from the regional commander’s office, a procedural requirement aimed at ensuring the orderly conduct of public events.
The unexpected interruption has left the Bunge la Mwananchi election committee and participants in a state of bewilderment.
The grassroots movement, founded in the early 1990s during a one-party state, has evolved to play a vital role in holding the ruling government accountable.
Originally established with a longer presidential term, Bunge la Mwananchi now holds elections every two years at its headquarters in Jeevanjee.
Delegates from 26 counties actively participate in the election process, casting votes for positions such as president, vice president, speaker, and women’s representative.
Outgoing president Calvince ‘Gaucho’ Okoth, known for leading anti-government protests over the high cost of living, has indicated that he will not seek re-election.