I’ve never had love af­fair with ac­tivist — MP

The ac­cused said that Se­na­tor Mbura snatches other women’s hus­bands

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Coast - MALOMBE MKONGO @malem­ba_mkongo

A se­na­tor yes­ter­day de­nied ac­cu­sa­tions be­fore a Mom­basa court she had an ex­tra­mar­i­tal af­fair with a po­lit­i­cal ac­tivist.

Nom­i­nated Se­na­tor Emma Mbura told se­nior prin­ci­pal mag­is­trate Fran­cis Kyam­bia she never had or dreamt of hav­ing a re­la­tion­ship with Kalinga Mgandi, a man she ac­cused of de­fam­ing her as a “har­lot”. She has sued him for defama­tion.

Mgandi’s confession of a love af­fair with Mbura landed him in court in March. He was charged with im­proper use of a li­censed telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion de­vice. Mgandi al­legedly sent abu­sive au­dio clips say­ing, Mbura is fond of snatch­ing other women’s hus­bands.

“You’re not woman enough if you are sleep­ing with your chil­dren and snatch­ing other women’s hus­bands us­ing charms. All men in this fo­rum, be care­ful with this har­lot,” the charge sheet quotes him as say­ing. Mbura said the in­sults were po­lit­i­cally in­sti­gated. She said in the Malindi by-elec­tion, they re­alised the ac­tivist-cum-politi­cian is a Cord sym­pa­thiser inside Ju­bilee. She said she asked why Mgandi backed Cord and Gov­er­nor Has­san Joho, yet claimed to be a staunch Ju­bilee sup­porter.

“I told him he was like a snake be­cause he claims to sup­port us, yet he was sup­port­ing some­one else. This did not go down well. That’s when he started hurl­ing in­sults on What­sApp groups we shared,” Mbura said.

Judge Kyam­bia stopped the au­dios from be­ing played be­cause they con­tained ob­scen­i­ties. Mgandi al­legedly recorded seven au­dios that he sent to four What­sApp groups.

Mbura said the claims have harmed her fam­ily and dam­aged her dig­nity as woman. She said she can­not face peo­ple who took her as a role model.

“I’m phys­i­o­log­i­cal, phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally af­fected by the claims,” Mbura said. She said her am­bi­tion to run for Rabai MP was hurt and dam­aged. The case will be heard on De­cem­ber 11.

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