EURIDICE NZIOKA,NAIROBI,15TH MAY 2017-Bungoma and Nairobi counties recorded the highest number of incidences of violence and bribery during party primaries concluded recently.A report released Monday by the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) indicates
Commission Vice-Chairperson George Morara says that the emergence of Bungoma as a potential hotspot could be as a result of political realignments in the region which have heightened stakes in the local political scene.
“This region has undergone a lot of political mutation and that actually has heightened the stakes in this region and that partly contributes to violence witnessed in the region,” Morara observed.
“Although traditionally Bungoma has not been very free from violence. This has been one of the places where in past elections we’ve had to pay close attention to because we’ve had cases of intra-ethnic conflicts and that is only being fortified this time because of the realignments of the political forces in the region,” he added.
According to Morara there is need for deployment of more security officers in areas where rampant cases of violence and bribery were recorded as revealed in the report dubbed “The Fallacious Vote” in order to stem violence and voter bribery.
According to the study conducted between April and May, Bungoma accounted for 23 and 25 per cent of all cases of violence and bribery reported in 224 centres across 33 counties with Nairobi recording 11 and 17 per cent.
Eighty-four KNCHR monitors who conducted the study observed that Garissa and Kirinyaga County accounted for nine per cent of bribery cases each, with Kisumu, Kwale, Meru, Migori and Mombasa counties accounting for 8 per cent of the occurrences each.