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‘Nililala kwa simiti,’ MP Peter Salasya on jail experience following assault arrest

Mumias East Member of Parliament, Peter Kalerwa Salasya, found himself behind bars on Friday, January 12, following allegations of assault against a Member of the County Assembly in Kakamega.

Sharing his experience in custody, Salasya revealed grim conditions during his night in the cell, devoid of basic amenities.

In a Facebook post addressing residents of Khusupa in Kakamega County, Salasya stated:

Niko kwa ground saa hii, nililala kwa simiti, nililala kwa cell bila anything, no mattress, no blanket, no nothing.”

Which translates to, I am on the ground right now, but I slept on the hard, cold concrete. I slept in the cell without anything.

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Salasya allegedly assaulted a County Assembly Member during a fracas at a funeral in Mumias. The clip of the assault has since gone viral on social media platforms.

He was subsequently released on Sh50,000 cash bail pending arraignment on Tuesday, January 16.

Taking to his X platform, the MP vehemently denied the assault allegations, attributing them to propaganda.

“I Peter Salasya want to categorically state that I didn’t slap anyone. The MCA is the one who brought his cheek where my swinging hand was. The contact between my hand & his cheeks is said to have produced a sharp sound. I don’t remember assaulting anyone. Treat it as propaganda,” he wrote.

Screengrabs from the viral clip of the assault. PHOTO| COURTESY

However, the police indicated that Salasya is likely to face charges of assault and causing actual bodily harm, a violation of Section 251 of the penal code.

Additionally, he may face charges of creating disturbance under section 95 (1)(b) of the same code, potentially leading to a breach of peace.

Further complicating the situation, Salasya’s two bodyguards discharged firearms during the incident, prompting their immediate disarmament.

Police reports confirm that the firearms are undergoing ballistic analysis to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the discharge.

The unfolding events around the Mumias East MP’s arrest have captured public attention, with local residents and the wider community closely monitoring the developments as the legal process unfolds.