THARAKA CONSTITUENCY REAP BIG FROM NEW POLLING STATIONS DISTRIBUTION


Tharaka Mp Gitonga Murugara at Kamatara village of Marimanti ward when he visited a needy family living in a deplorable house
By Denis Mutua

Worth Noting:

  • Murugara said areas that have not been lucky to get new centres, he will be re-visiting IEBC in efforts to have them getting incorporated into the list of the new centers.
  • “I am following up the issue of Kathigu nursery and Kaarwa polling stations that were not listed in the new voting stations and I will get back on the outcome by the IEBC,’’ he said.
  • Notably, Nkondi ward did not get any additional polling Centre an issue that has raised concerns on the criteria that were used to approach the IEBC to address the issue.

As Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission continue with country wide mass voters’ registration in preparation of 2022 elections, Tharaka constituency has benefitted with additional polling stations distributed in all the four wards.

Indepedent Electoral and Boundaries commission clerk registering a new voter

In Gatunga ward, the new polling stations include Mpunguni primary school, Kathanga primary school, Nkiiruni primary school, Gatagani primary school, Ntongoro primary school, kaguchwani primary school and Mpuku primary school.

Mukothima ward has Kamarenge primary school, Riamwanki primary school, Kioru primary school, Ngaani market, Shin Hyun primary school, Kandondo primary school and Gatithini market.

In Chiakariga ward, Rwerigo primary school and Nyagari primary school have been introduced as new polling centers in latest distribution of new stations.

Marimanti ward is the leading in number of new polling stations having Kithioroka primary school, Rancha primary school, Tonya primary school, Mugui primary school, Kooga primary school and Marimanti prison.

Others include Kiagu primary school, City market, Ruungu primary school, Kathuura primary school and Kariini primary school.

The additional stations comes amid plights by residents decrying walking long distances to cast their votes especially in areas of Turima and Karocho in Marimanti ward which prompted Tharaka MP Gitonga Murugara alias GG to seek additional centres from IEBC after residents listing of centres they needed.

Murugara said areas that have not been lucky to get new centres, he will be re-visiting IEBC in efforts to have them getting incorporated into the list of the new centers.

“I am following up the issue of Kathigu nursery and Kaarwa polling stations that were not listed in the new voting stations and I will get back on the outcome by the IEBC,’’ he said.

Notably, Nkondi ward did not get any additional polling Centre an issue that has raised concerns on the criteria that were used to approach the IEBC to address the issue.

While Murugara’s political foes accuse him of sidelining Nkondi ward and Chiakariga ward which only got 2 new centres, Marimanti ward aspiring MCA Kiriri Fred Gitundu revealed that the MP took over the issue with the IEBC head office after grass root leaders identified the stations they required incorporated in the list and thus he was not in any way involved in identifying them in the ward level as it is alleged.

Mt.Kenya times also learnt that every primary school in Nkondi ward is a polling station and that attempts by the MP to push for listing of one market in the ward as polling station was rejected by IEBC on grounds that it is just 200 meters from another polling station.

On the case of Chikariga ward, MP Murugara said that the ward has only 2 new schools which have been listed as polling stations but hinted he is working to have more markets in Tharaka put in the list.

“Chiakariga had only 2 new schools which are now polling centres.Nkondi ward has no new school but all its primary schools are polling centres already. However as a JLAC member in parliament I will try pushing IEBC to have more few markets in Tharaka get new centres,’’ Murugara said.

According to 2017 voters register, Gatunga ward had 12,618,Mukothima ward 12,021,Nkondi ward 8,816,Chiakariga ward 17,392 while Marimanti ward led with 17,092 votes giving Tharaka constituency 67,939 voters.

Earlier, the Tharaka MP had visited Vilibina Gatiria a needy woman from Kamatara village of Marimanti ward who is living in a deplorable house owing to the poverty that has striken her family.

The plight of the woman came into public limelight after a community health volunteer in the area shared her state in social media and with the MP who thus decided to visit her.

Murugara promised to build the family a permanent house to have a roof over their head for a better live especially now that October rains are due.

He also said her school going children will have new school uniforms since the condition of the family may not allow the needy mum to foot such expenses.

Further, Gitonga brought along some food to help the family survive especially during this dry season.

The MP faulted critics who are alleging that he is using Tharaka CDF kitty to carry out such initiatives saying that he is using his personal cash to help the needy and his critics should join him instead of politicizing the issue.

GG was responding to a story where he has been accused by critics of using CDF money to put up a home for one of his ardent supporters at Kaarwa in Gatunga ward.

He finally urged residents to register as voters and confirm they are in the voters’ register in the ongoing national wide voters’ registration so that they participate in 2022 election voting.

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