POLL VIOLENCE

Four Tangatanga MPs to be charged in Bungoma

The legislators face charges of planning violence

In Summary
  • The Tangatanga lawmakers, who were nabbed yesterday as violence and chaos marred the by-election, spent the night at Bungoma police station 
  • On Friday, Cherargei claimed that the charges they would be facing are trumped up to serve a political agenda
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Four MPs allied to Deputy President William Ruto are set to be arraigned at the Bungoma law courts after their arrest on Thursday during the Kabuchai parliamentary by-election.

The MPs; Didmus Barasa (Kimilili), Nelson Koech (Belgut), Wilson Kogo (Chesumei) and Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei were arrested for allegedly planning violence.

The Tangatanga lawmakers, who were nabbed yesterday as violence and chaos marred the by-election, spent the night at Bungoma police station and would be charged later on Friday.

On Friday, Cherargei claimed that the charges they would be facing are trumped up to serve a political agenda.

“Currently, together with my colleagues, we are being taken to Bungoma law courts after spending the night in police custody to be later arraigned in politically motivated charges,” tweeted Cherargei.

Webuye West MP Dan Wanyama, visited the MPs at the police station before they were escorted to the law courts for arraignment.

The MPs in custody told the press after their arrest on Thursday that they were blocked by police as they left Pongola primary school polling station.

Webuye West MP Dan Wanyama with colleagues Wilson Kogo (Chesumei) Didmas Barasa (Kimilili), Samson Cherargei (Nandi) and and Nelson Koech (Belgut), when he visited them at Bungoma police station on Friday May 5, 2021.
Webuye West MP Dan Wanyama with colleagues Wilson Kogo (Chesumei) Didmas Barasa (Kimilili), Samson Cherargei (Nandi) and and Nelson Koech (Belgut), when he visited them at Bungoma police station on Friday May 5, 2021.

They said they had escorted UDA candidate Evans Kakai to cast his vote.

"They just blocked our convoy and arrested all of us...We are yet to know where we are going," Koech told the Star on Thursday.

The Kabuchai battle was billed to be high-stakes contest with Ford Kenya seeking to retain the seat through Majimbo Kalasinga to fend off Ruto's influence in Bungoma.

Kalasinga who was backed by Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetang'ula, ANC boss Musalia Mudavadi and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka won the seat.

The by-election was occasioned by the death of the lawmaker James Lusweti of Ford Kenya.

-Edited by Sarah Kanyara