Edwin Sifuna laughs off threats from Kitui East MP over maandamano showdown
Nairobi Senator Edwin Sifuna has laughed off threats from Kitui East MP Nimrod Mbai for a face-off with Azimio la Umoja – One Kenya Coalition during the planned protests by the opposition this week.
Mr Mbai in his warning to the opposition, said he would not tolerate them orchestrating destructive anti-government protests. He told the opposition coalition to brace for a ‘face-off.’
He said the Kamba community are known for upholding peace and that the violence that was witness last week in parts of Ukambani was the work of hired goons.
“What we are condemning is the business of hired goons, carrying these goons to Ukambani to cause mayhem, violence, vandalism, theft of people’s shops,” Mbai said in an interview with the Nation.
“Violence has no place in Ukambani. We will not allow the destruction of property and killings in our region. Uhuru should stop funding chaos. Enough is enough,” he added.
In response, Sifuna reminded the MP of his recent altercation with Kenya Power Company emplyees.
“Si wewe ulikua unapiga watu ya Kenya Power kofi juzi? (Aren’t you the one who slapped Kenya Power staff the other day?),” Sifuna tweeted.
The Kenya Kwanza-affiliated politician was captured in a viral video assaulting an employee of Kenya Power who had been sent to disconnect an illegal electrical connection at his Kitengela home.
Mr Mbai was also seen trying to pull out what looked like a pistol from his waist.
“The president is on record saying if you are found to have connected to power illegally, you will get a meter box. You want to cut power for my children? I am a man, I can’t allow that!” he says in the video while manhandling his victim.
Mr Mbai later surrendered himself at Kitengela Police Station. Officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) withdrew his firearm before he was released on a police cash bail of Sh50,000.
Speaking outside the EACC offices after he had been summoned by the ethics commission, Mr Mbai denied the allegations of assault.
Mr Mbai, who claims to be a pastor, said he had no knowledge of the incident in question saying the viral video had been doctored.
“No, I never assaulted anyone. Do I look like I can assault someone? I am a pastor, a renowned pastor actually,” he said.
“Which video are you talking of? How conversant are you with ICT, video editing, copy-pasting and how you can play around with a clip? I do not know which video you are talking about?”