Rift between Wangamati and Bungoma MCAs widens

Friday July 31 2020

Bungoma North police boss with the ward reps at the station. PHOTO | BRIAN OJAMAA | NATION MEDIA GROUP


The frosty relationship between Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati and members of the county assembly escalated Thursday after two ward reps were arrested for allegedly causing disturbance at a past function attended by the county boss.

Eli Tindi of Tongaren ward and Fredrick Musebe, a Ford-Kenya nominated MCA representing the youth, were arrested for allegedly causing a fracas last month.

Bungoma North police boss Stephen Muoni said the two were arrested after complaints were raised at Mukuyuni police station by county officers.

The suspects were later released on free bond.

Mr Muoni said that the suspects caused chaos as the governor was opening an administration block in the MCA’s ward.

He said the ward reps were not invited for the event and that they caused chaos by making noise which escalated to violence.


The police boss said that an aide of the governor was stabbed on the chin during the fracas. He added that police are looking for other suspects who were involved in the chaos.

Amos Makokha, lawyer representing the two, said the suspects will be arraigned on Monday in a Kimilili court.

Caroline Masete, who is the county’s sports chief officer, is the complainant on behalf of the county against Tindi while Casper Kunani is the complainant against Musebe.

Following the new development, Tindi said that she will not be intimidated by people who are out to tarnish her name.

"I will work and not be intimidated by people who are inciting the governor against me," Tindi said.