Waititu Faces Voters’ Wrath in Bribe Attempt – Deleted Standard Article

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

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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.

Electoral offence

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.

4 thoughts on “Waititu Faces Voters’ Wrath in Bribe Attempt – Deleted Standard Article

  1. Waititu in scuffle with angry youth

    Last updated on 7 Feb 07 2013 10:21

    By GEOFFREY MOSOKU and CYRUS OMBATI

    TNA Nairobi County governor candidate Ferdinand Waititu was involved in a scuffle with irate youths while on a campaign trail in Kenyatta Market.

    Mr Waititu, who was accompanied by senate candidate Gidion Mbuvi ‘Sonko’ and women representative aspirant Rachel Shebesh, got into trouble when the youth demanded a share of the money they were allegedly dishing out.

    Waititu allegedly grabbed one of the hecklers while Sonko used a backroom door to escape from the fracas when the youth got out of control during Tuesday’s incident.
    Sonko was in a hall where the youth said he was allegedly giving out Sh500 per person as Waititu and Shebesh engaged those standing outside 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 claimed they had missed out on the money, confronted Waititu.

    A witness said he saw Sonko duck out of the room after the crowd overwhelmed their security.

    Yesterday, Waititu refused to comment on the matter while Sonko denied losing any jewellery during the fracas he blamed on his rivals.

    “We were in the area meeting more than 3,000 women when some youths tried to disrupt the meeting. It is not true that we were dishing out money,” he said.

    The flamboyant politician said he respected the law and that they were only receiving proposals from the women.

    Another witness said TNA youths later threatened to beat up Standard photographer Eugene Mokua who wanted to take their pictures after the incident.

    Kilimani OCPD Bernard Muli said the incident had not been reported to them.

  2. It’s very wrong for a leader to go out and engage in voter bribery. I mean, where’s the IEBC when this is all happening. With the Elections Act such behavior should be a thing of the past. TNA as a party stands for the principles in the electoral laws as seen in their manifesto. One, Uhuru Kenyatta shouldn’t be blamed for such as the party leader. It’s all about individual responsibility. Kenyans should be wise and vote peacefully come March 4th.

  3. Why did the said newspaper delete the article and only publish it after pressure was applied? What happened to fair coverage by the Media during this election period? This could be campaign gimmicks from the opponents of either party in attempt to portray the other in bad light. Democracy is non-negotiable.

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