Missing Tanga Tanga MP Found in Kisumu

Benjamin Washiali, Mumias East Member of Parliament who was reported missing on Saturday has been found.

Washiali emerged on Sunday morning in a safe and sound condition.

In a statement to the press, the legislator claimed that he had gone into hiding after learning that police officers were preying on him after the aborted Mumias Political Rally.

Mumias East MP Benjamin Washiali

Detectives from the Director of Criminal Investigations said that the MP has been resting at a hotel in Kisumu city.

The legislator was reported to have gone missing from his rural home in Shitoto village, in Mumias on Friday night.

His bodyguard and personal assistant had recorded a statement at Shianda Police station accounting that the MP was missing from his house.

His disappearance was made public after a botched political rally that was to be held at Mumias town to address economic issues in the region.

Western Kenya politicians allied to Deputy President William Ruto claimed that Washiali had been abducted by organizers of BBI forum.

The Mumias town address was set to counter a Building Bridges Initiative consultative forum held in Bukhungu stadium at neighbouring Kakamega County.

Boni Khalwale (centre) and his bodyguards running away from police teargas in Mumias

Led by former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale, the planners of the Mumias event were engaged in running battles with police officers who wanted to ensure that the parallel political rally is not held.

However, Khalwale and his team could not hold the bull by its horns as they were forced to escape into safety after police officers launched teargas and bullets on them.

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