Washiali ‘ob­structs as­sault case probe’

Two say the po­lice are sit­ting on the case

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Western - HILTON OTENYO @hiltonotenyo

Two men from Mu­mias East con­stituency have claimed area MP Ben Washiali as­saulted them four months ago and ac­cused him of us­ing his close­ness to the gov­ern­ment to frus­trate jus­tice.

Wy­cliffe Omore, a farmer and Shi­anda Mar­ket boda boda chair­man Alex Kasala on Fri­day told jour­nal­ists po­lice have done noth­ing since they re­ported the case at the Mu­mias po­lice sta­tion on July 11 un­der OB num­ber 48/11/7/16 at 8pm. They spoke in Kakamega.

Omore said Washiali hit him with a brick and broke three of his teeth when he stormed a fam­ily meet­ing at his cousin’s, Caleb Oronje’s, home. He claims the MP also bran­dished a pis­tol. He said Washiali has not been ar­rest- ed,claim­ing this is be­cause he is in Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta’s Kakamega cam­paign team.

Kasala claimed he was hit with a metal bar on the head by Washiali’s sup­port­ers on his or­ders in Emay­ala vil­lage on July 11. They al­leged the po­lice are sit­ting on the case be­cause Washiali is the Ju­bilee point man in Kakamega county. They want the DPP to in­ter­vene to en­sure jus­tice is served.

“It ap­pears jus­tice is on sale and can only be served to the rich. Where will the poor go to?” Omore asked.

But Washiali yes­ter­day de­nied as­sault­ing the two. He said the po­lice dis­missed as base­less the al­le­ga­tions the two made.

“Po­lice found noth­ing to in­ves­ti­gate. They dropped the mat­ter,” he told the Star on the phone.

How­ever, Mu­mias po­lice boss Farah Mo­hamed said the case had been booked, in­ves­ti­gated and the file for­warded to the DPP.

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