The Jubilee Party truck ferrying strategic polling materials that was apprehended in Ngong, Kajiado, on Thursday night has some 50, 000 ballot nomination papers missing.
The truck that JP headquarters clarified today that it had been dispatched along another one at 5pm on Thursday to ferry nomination materials to Kajiado was discovered at Oloolaiser Secondary School in Kajiado North Constituency.
It was detained by supporters of governor aspirant Tarayia ole Kores after it was alleged that a sitting MP was seen with some people ferrying documents and stuffing into a private car at the school.
Kajiado East MP, Moses Sakuda, said he was not anywhere near the school at the time the truck was detained at 10pm in Ngong.
Sakuda was reacting to claims that he ran away after he was spotted while attempting to break into some containers that had ballot papers when he claimed he must be mistaken “for someone else”.
When officials from JP headquarters were called in to verify if there were missing items in the truck, before all the party aspirants, it was discovered that 14 wooden containers for ballot papers for Kajiado West Constituency parliamentary aspirants and Olkeri Ward members of the assembly aspirants were missing.
A top party official who did not give his name said that in total some 50, 000 ballot papers had been stolen.
Sakuda is the sitting Kajiado West and Onesmus Ngogoyo is the MCA incumbent in Olkeri. The two are allied to former Interior CS, Joseph Ole Lenku, who is contesting for Kajiado governor seat.
Kores, who is allied to Senator Peter Mositet, MP Peris Tobiko and others, discovered the truck in Ngong and alerted other aspirants on the same.
In the morning, JP Secretary General Raphael Tuju had called on the aspirants allied to Kores to release the vehicle carrying polling documents for the nominations so they can be taken to their destinations.
The appeal from Tuju fell on deaf ears after Kores and those allied to his team stood their ground and demanded the truck be returned to party headquarters.
Lenku, Kajiado North MP Joseph Manje, Kajiado Women Representative Mary Seneta and Sakuda have since denied being part of those accused of meddling with JP nomination documents.
Instead, they claimed it is Kores and his team that schemed to steal the votes ahead of the nomination day.
It was not clear when the nominations will be done after it failed in the first day of the exercise.