Propesa comedian denies partaking in election fraud

  • Kipyegon was found with two ballot papers at Nyayo National Stadium polling station
  • He was taken into police custody and recorded a statement

Popular TV comedian Kipyegon Ruto of the Propesa group yesterday denied having two ballot papers for the Senate seat.

Kipyegon was in police custody at Nyayo Police Station after he was arrested at the Nyayo National Stadium polling station.

Hawk-eyed agents at the polling station presided over by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission official Josphine Maina noticed Ruto with more than one ballot paper and raised the alarm.

But in his defence, Kipyegon said he was inadvertently given two ballot papers by the clerk and when he realised this he returned one.

IEBC Presiding Officer Jennifer Maina (right) responds to queries from security officers over the arrest of comedian Kipyegon Ruto of the Propesa Group

"He returned it of his own volition before marking it," explained his brother and co-actor Kimutai Ruto, who was at the station frantically making efforts to have his brother released from the cells.

Kimutai explained that they were three when they arrived at the polling station, but had to vote at different streams according to the order prescribed by IEBC.

By the time The Metropolitan arrived at the post, Kipyegon had made a statement denying any wrongdoing on his part, saying when he noticed he had two papers he returned one.

The Ruto brothers, part of the Propesa comedy troupe take a break after frantically trying to get their brother Kipyegon Ruto released

Officer Commanding the Station Inspector Mutua Mbithe could not reveal the statement, saying it was not yet formal.

The comedian was later released in the evening.