Uasin Gishu UDA gubernatorial aspirant Jonathan Bii Chelilim alias Koti Moja was on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, grilled by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).
Koti Moja presented himself before the DCI regional offices in Nakuru after he was summoned over incitement and claims that he was training militia ahead of the August 9 general election.
Similar claims have also been made against Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago and Cheptiret/Kipchamo Member of County Assembly (MCA) Gilbert Tenai.
Mandago and Tenai were grilled on Monday, and both of them dismissed the claims that they said were being peddled by their competitors.
“What the DCI has called me here for are mere lies that are being spread by candidates using government machinery,” Mandago told journalists in Nakuru.
Koti Moja was to also appear before DCI on Monday but requested that he be allowed to submit his nomination papers before the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) them present himself the following day.
He was cleared by IEBC and promised to conduct peaceful campaigns.
“They have said Uasin Gishu is a hotspot and we want to prove them wrong. All our competitors are our brothers so there will be no quarrel, what we are advocating is peace,” Koti Moja told journalists at IEBC offices on the outskirts of Eldoret town.
The trio who are UDA candidates are accused of secretly training county askaris as their militia ahead of the August poll.
DCI claims the training was done at the Chebororwa Agricultural Training College (ATC), a claim Mandago dismissed.
“Those claiming I am training militia at Chebororwa ATC have fallen short of political ideas. They need to stop petty politics and look for votes from the electorate,” said the governor who is the UDA candidate for the Senate seat in Uasin Gishu.
Chebororua ATC in Moiben Sub County is a facility the county has been using to train its agricultural officers, and farmers, as well as for hosting conferences.
Mandago blames Uasin Gishu gubernatorial aspirant Bundotuch Zedekiah Kiprop alias Buzeki for spreading the falsehoods as well as the DCI for being used by the government operatives to target politicians allied to Kenya Kwanza.