That moment Babu Owino held returning officer hostage after his winner certificate went missing (Photos)

August 11, 2017 at 11:41
That moment Babu Owino held returning officer hostage after his winner certificate went missing (Photos)

2017 general election has had its highs and lows; a shocking incident happened in Embakasi when IEBC returning officer couldn’t trace where Babu Owino’s winner certificate was.

Drama ensued in Embakasi East tallying center on Thursday after the returning officer said he had no idea where the winner certificate was.

Babu Owino trounced Jubilee’s Francis Mureithi to carry the day, he was declared winner with 43,862 votes against his closest rival who managed 39,805 votes.

Embakasi East constituency returning officer Nicholas Burtuk was however on the receiving end after he failed to give MP-elect Babu Owino his winner certificate.

An agitated Babu claimed there was a plan to deny him his victory, he said that the returning officer was under instructions not to give him the certificate.

Babu Owino stands on top of the table as he demands to be given his certificate

“You are not doing me a favor. You can’t select leaders for people of Embakasi East. I’m elected. We are not leaving here, you are not leaving here until I get my certificate,” Babu Owino shouted.

The returning officer claimed that the certificate had been locked in an office and a logistic officer who had the key had been arrested on Thursday morning over election related fraud.

The impasse was resolved after the winner certificate was found among documents with the deputy returning officer; Babu had stepped up his calls to be given the certificate.

IEBC returning officer signs Babu Owno’s winner certificate

The firebrand politician was finally given his certificate but not without causing a little more drama, he demanded that the returning officer should wear the official IEBC uniform before giving him the certificate.


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