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Rutto, Leparmarai in fresh row over claims of ID buying in Bomet

Bomet Governor Isaac Rutto and County Commissioner Bernard Leparmarai are embroiled in a fight over the registration of Chama cha Mashinani members.

This was after Leparmarai on Wednesday threatened to arrest county administrators behind a syndicate collecting IDs from members of the public for the listing.

The commissioner said the move was illegal and is likely to affect the ongoing IEBC’s mass voter registration scheduled to end on February 14.

He told the press in Bomet that they have received complaints from local leaders of people being lured to surrender their IDs in exchange of money.

“We warn those involved in the illegal act that we have our officers on the ground. Their days are numbered,” Leparmarai said.

The administrator said the party has deployed people to buy IDs from oblivious residents for the registration as CCM members.

But Rutto refuted the claims saying that its CCM officials who were forced to stop listing new party members following harassment by state officials.

The Governor said some of his agents have had to abandon the membership registration after they were allegedly threatened by chiefs.

“It is the county commissioner who issued the directive to chiefs to stop CCM from conducting membership registration,” Rutto said.

Area Senator Wilfred Lesan and Sotik MP Joyce Laboso said the CCM’s acts was to blame for the region’s low voter listing figures.

“Less than 20,000 people have registered since the process began. We suspect that ID buying is one of the factors,” Lesan said.

Source: THE STAR

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