The following article was deleted hours after it was uploaded to the Standard Media Group website. It contains allegations of a grave nature regarding illegal payments by candidates to electors, and also intimidation of a member of the press who was present. The Standard Media Group needs to explain why the story was uploaded and pulled down so dramatically. The story was briefly available online at http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/m/story.php?articleID=2000076724 but the link has been disabled and now takes readers to the Standard Media Group's homepage. We wonder what's going on.
Mars Group Kenya . Org 6.02.2013
Waititu faces voters’ wrath in bribe attempt
The Standard 6th Feb 2013
By Geoffrey Mosoku and Cyrus Ombati
Nairobi, Kenya: Nairobi County governor candidate on TNA ticket Ferdinand Waititu was on Tuesday evening roughed up by a group of irate youths while on campaign trail in Nairobi’s Kenyatta Market area.
A TNA team which was made up of Waititu, senate candidate Gideon Mbuvi Sonko and women representative Rachael Shebesh were apparently dishing out money in the area.
Waititu was left with a torn shirt while Sonko allegedly lost bling bling and “golden rings” in the fracas when the youths became agitated after they missed money that they were dishing out.
Sonko was indoors in a hall where he was allegedly giving out 500 shillings each as Waititu and Shebesh manned the entrance to the building.
The trio had attracted a crowd at a hall at the market where they were meeting youth groups and were almost leaving when some of the supporters who had missed out on the money confronted Waititu demanding a share.
Witnesses said he dished out cash to a sizeable crowd but ran out of the same mid-way. This prompted some of the youth to push forward to where he was eager to get part of the money causing a scuffle.
As the situation worsened, Sonko used a rear door of a room to escape as Waititu was seen throwing punches to the angry mob in a bid to escape to safety.
A witness said he saw Sonko duck out of the room after their security were overwhelmed by the crowd that was demanding more money from him.
“He lost his chains and some of the rings that he puts on, to the youth. I saw Waititu emerge with a torn shirt and were driven out of the scene in a hurry,” said a witness.
Another witness said TNA youths later threatened to beat up The Standard photographer, Eugene Mokua who wanted to take their pictures after the incident in fear of them being used by the electoral body for punishment.
Kilimani OCPD Bernard Muli said the incident had not been reported to them. He added the politicians did not even alert them they were on campaign trail to the area.