Police in Uasin Gishu are looking into arson fires in two abandoned, semi-permanent residences in Kesses’ Makuto village.
Ayub Gitonga, the police chief in Uasin Gishu, said the arson was “regular thuggery” or intimidation, and that there was no political animosity in the area.
The fires started around 11 p.m. on Wednesday. The houses were empty. There were no reported injuries.
“Security teams rushed to the area and together with locals they put out the fire within a short time,” Gitonga said.
He said the area was calm and police were hunting for the arsonists.
More than 2,000 police officers had been deployed to the county for the election period. He said the situation had remained calm throughout the election process.
“The officers we have deployed will remain in the areas we have sent them until we are through with the election process,” Gitonga said.
Security remained tight at tallying centres where IEBC officials were completing the election process to declare winners.