MP ac­cused of as­sault­ing fe­male col­league over Laikipia vi­o­lence

Nom­i­nated MP Sarah Leko­rere claims Lem­purkel slapped, kicked her in CS Nkaissery’s of­fice

The Star (Kenya) - - Front Page - GIDEON KETER @ArapGKeter

Laikipia North MP Mathew Lem­purkel “slapped me and kicked me in the stom­ach” at the of­fice of In­te­rior CS Joseph Nkaissery over a meet­ing with the CS, nom­i­nated MP Sarah Leko­rere has said.

Leko­rere told jour­nal­ists at the Nairobi Women’s Hos­pi­tal, Hurling­ham, that she led a del­e­ga­tion of MCAs and el­ders from the con­stituency yes­ter­day for a meet­ing with Nkaissery on in­se­cu­rity is­sues.

They had ap­pealed to Nkaissery to con­tinue dis­arm­ing herders in Laikipia county, a move Lem­purkel is said be op­posed to.

The dis­ar­ma­ment has stalled, amid claims that some Sam­buru lead­ers in­flu­enced the de­ci­sion to stop it. Laikipia res­i­dents have com­plained that Sam­buru herders look­ing for pas­ture and wa­ter for their an­i­mals at­tack them.

Leko­rere sup­ports the dis­ar­ma­ment of the pas­toral­ists, as or­dered by the Cab­i­net in Oc­to­ber. How­ever, Lem­purkel says the po­lice are abus­ing the pas­toral­ists’ hu­man rights and has been push­ing Nkaissery to go slow on the dis­ar­ma­ment.

Leko­rere said that af­ter Nkaissery left, she re­mained be­hind with her group on the sixth floor of Haram­bee House and hardly 10 min­utes had elapsed when Lem­purkel walked in, de­mand­ing to know what the meet­ing was about.

She said af­ter a brief en­gage­ment, the MP “slapped me and kicked me in the stom­ach, hurl­ing in­sults at me.”

Leko­rere said her life is in dan­ger and the sit­u­a­tion be­came worse when she de­clared she will run for Laikipia North MP, the po­si­tion held by Lem­purkel.

“It is not the first time he is at­tack- ing me and in­sult­ing me, call­ing me a whore. I have writ­ten to the In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice [Joseph Boin­net] over the mat­ter, but noth­ing has been done,” she said.

The nom­i­nated leg­is­la­tor recorded a state­ment at the Par­lia­ment po­lice sta­tion be­fore go­ing to the hos­pi­tal for a scan.

By press time, she was wait­ing to un­dergo a stom­ach scan.

Lem­purkel re­fused to ad­dress jour­nal­ists af­ter record­ing his state­ment at the sta­tion.

He also did not an­swer the Star’s phone calls for com­ment.

Lem­purkel af­ter record­ing a state­ment with po­lice yes­ter­day

/HEZRON NJOROGE

Laikipia North MP Mathew Lem­purkel af­ter record­ing a state­ment at the Par­lia­ment po­lice sta­tion yes­ter­day. The MP is ac­cused of at­tack­ing nom­i­nated leg­is­la­tor Sarah Leko­rere

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