Alego Usonga MP Sam Atandi yesterday recorded a statement with police in connection with the assault of a chief. Atandi was last evening assisting police with investigations at the Siaya police station. Siaya County Commissioner Michael ole Tialal had earlier said police were looking for the MP. South East Alego senior chief Joseph Ojala said the MP together with his bodyguards assaulted him at his home in Kogelo on Wednesday. The chief accused the MP and his guards of beating him up, claiming he had incited youths to heckle the legislator at a function in Una Primary School.
"When I returned home from running some errands in town, I found four vehicles parked outside my gate. As I walked to the house, I spotted about 15 people, among them the MP, coming towards me," he said.
Ojala said the MP asked him to accompany him to a function in Una Primary School. He said the MP also requested him to mobilise boda boda operators to the meeting. He said the MP asked him to ride in his car to the function, but he declined and insisted on using his own car.
"I immediately felt something was not right and changed my mind about accompanying him to the function. He then grabbed me and ordered the people he was with to take me to the car," he told The Standard, saying he lost Sh20,000 in the process.
But speaking to The Standard before he left the police station after 5pm yesterday, Atandi denied reports that he had been arrested in Luanda on his way to Kisumu. He said he was at the station to "clarify" reports that he had assaulted the chief, adding that the claims were meant to malign him. Three aides of the MP also recorded a statement with the Directorate of Criminal Investigations. Siaya DCI boss Nelson Muhaya refused to comment on the matter.