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Bungoma MCA being sought by police for assault of colleague at fundraiser

By TITUS OTEBA | January 16th 2015

BUNGOMA: Police in Bungoma are looking for a ward representative who allegedly assaulted four youths and a colleague during a funds-drive.

Mbakalo Ward Representative Bethwel Mwambu is said to have stormed the function and assaulted four youths and nominated member of county assembly Margaret Barasa who was the chief guest at the function.

The fundraising in Karima village in Tongaren constituency was in aid of a family that had lost a kin.

It is alleged that the nominated MCA, who was officiating the function, had previously criticised Mr Mwambu for not caring about the plight of his constituents.

“Mwambu stormed the meeting with a group of armed youths and came direct to me and roughed me up before I was rescued by my supporters,” said Ms Barasa, who spoke to The Standard on phone Thursday.

Barasa said she later reported the matter at Mbakalo Police Station.

The four youths were treated at Naitiri Dispensary and discharged.

This is not the first time Mwambu, a UDF MCA, is in the news for the wrong reasons. During an end-year party organised by the county assembly last year, Mwambu is said to have been involved in an altercation with some MCAs following a disagreement before House Speaker John Makali intervened.

Area residents condemned the incident and called on leaders to lead by example.

Efforts to reach Mwambu did not bear fruit as his phone had been switched off.

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