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MP decline to record statement with NCIC over violence

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Kasipul MP Ong’ondo Were declined to record a statement with the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) following last week’s summon.

The lawmaker said the summons were too general and had nothing specific on his alleged conduct during the just concluded Matungu by-elections, adding that apart from the general invite he received from the commission, he was not served with any allegations as required by law.

“I just received a general letter with no content. The letter was only quoting the powers of the commission. The commission said they have summoned me based on the reports from the media and social media sites, so I did not make any presentation and insisted that they summon me a fresh with the details of the accusations,” said Were.

The Kasipul legislator also denied involvement in the Matungu chaos as was being alleged but explained that he was being evacuated from danger.

“I was not arrested, the police were evacuating me because I was in danger. Why is it that I was not in court?” he posed.

Homabay women representative Gladys Wanga on Monday declined to meet NCIC over electoral offenses saying she’s celebrating International women’s day.

“At face value, these invitations appear choreographed to cover up for those who committed electoral offenses including physical assault of IEBC officials including women – for which I bitterly protested,”she said.

Wanga however, said she’s willing to appear any time but not on Monday.

“To assist me prepare and understand myself, I request for the charges against me or issues you need my indulgence on,” she said.

Wanga said NCIC seems to returning the dark past of summoning political leaders to cover up offenses.

“If this is the case, I am even more worried of the country ahead of 2022,” she added.

This even as nominated Senator Millicent Omanga denied involvement in the Kabuchai by-elections chaos saying the perpetrators were captured on television.

According to Ms Omanga, NCIC is engaging in kneejerk reactions in issuing summons, adding that she never received any letter summoning her and only turned up after seeing her name in the news.

“There was no accusation leveled against me, they are actually seeking information from me. It was a knee jerk reactions by the Commission,” Omanga said.

The Commission is also expected to grill Feisal Bader (Msambweni), Benjamin Washiali (Mumias East) and Chris Wamalwa (Kiminini).

On Friday, Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala and Wanga and Aisha Jumwa were among 10 lawmakers who were summoned by NCIC for questioning over the violence that rocked last Thursday’s by-elections across the country.

Others are MPs Faisal Bader (Msambweni), John Waluke (Sirisia), Ben Washiali (Mumias East), Chris Wamalwa (Kiminini), Charles Were (Kasipul), Fred Kapondi (Mt Elgon) and Nominated Senator Millicent Omanga.

NCIC chairman Samuel Kobia on Saturday said the legislators are expected to appear before the commission on Monday to shed light on the roles they played during the chaos witnessed during the elections.

Kobia said the summons do not just indicate the commission’s intention to investigate and prosecute the lawmakers but also the plan to stop those exhibiting unethical conduct from occupying public office.

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