Police in Ntimaru town, Migori County, are trailing an MCA accused of assaulting a county government roads engineer on July 7.
Ntimaru West MCA Francis Mahori, according to police records, led a group of youths in beating up the engineer at a construction site in the ward in Kuria Sub-county before going into hiding.
The matter was recorded at Kegonga and Ntimaru police stations under OB numbers 22/07/07/2020 and 15/08/07/2020, respectively.
Ntimaru police boss John Losia said the MCA went underground after inflicting serious bodily harm on the engineer and that he is also wanted over similar cases.
“The MCA has a separate warrant of arrest over assault-related cases. He has been playing a cat and mouse game with the authorities but we will soon have him arrested,” he said.
Mr Losia said the MCA had been dodging police roadblocks along Ntimaru-Migori road and had stopped using his private car, forcing the officers to launch a manhunt.
On Friday, engineer Benjamin Chacha told the Nation that he was attacked after going to the construction site to sort out a minor misunderstanding between the legislator and a contractor upgrading Ntimaru-Canon road.
“I was on a routine progress check after the MCA raised concerns of shoddy work. We were at the murram pit site in Ngoche area when he (MCA) attacked me before his youths joined him,” Mr Chacha said.
He said he made several attempts to flee but that the ward representative barricaded the road using his car.
“He pounced on me with kicks and blows while threatening to slaughter me before his youths joined him. I could not escape as his car barricaded the entire road,” he said.
“I was strangled while on the ground, even after trying to hold on to a tree stump and pleading for leniency. A sharp knife was brought to slaughter me but some women yelled, dissuading the attackers,” he said.
He said he suffered finger, head, arm and abdominal injuries and was treated at Kegonga Sub-county Hospital.
Reached for comment on Saturday, Mr Magori admitted to the allegations saying “I am trying to reach out to that family to settle the matter without involving police as I acted out of rage.”
He added, “The engineer is someone I know on personal grounds. I’m seeking to meet with the family to resolve the issue. I acted out of anger and I’m sorry."