REVEALED: Too much alcohol, unpaid bills is why male MCA clobbered colleague in Arusha
The fight left one of the MCA’s, a female ward representative, nursing injuries.
A report tabled in the assembly confirmed that there was a scuffle between Kirimukuyu MCA Anthony Ndagita and his Magutu counterpart Pauline Wanjira during a training in the neighbouring country in May this year.
While tabling the report, Majority Leader James Kayugo observed that from the testimonies adduced to the Powers and Privilege committee, the MCAs involved were drunk on alcohol which may have interfered with their judgment.
He added that it was difficult to confirm claims of assault and injury to Ms Wanjira because MCAs who witnessed the fight gave conflicting information on what transpired on May 9.
“The witnesses’ accounts were very contradictory and hence not collaborative. It is also evident that the MCAs may have had over-indulged in alcohol and hence may not have been in the right state of mind,” indicated the report.
Ms Wanjira, when appearing before the committee, declined to give details of the scuffle insisting that she was pursuing the matter with other investigating agencies and had no confidence in the committee.
She alleged that the leadership of the assembly were biased and that she may not get justice as long as they remain members of the committee.
Mr Ndagita, who had been accused of clobbering his colleague, told the committee that he was enjoying the company of two ladies from Tanzania when Ms Wanjira and Konyu MCA Eric Wamumbi joined their table.
He said trouble started when Ms Wanjira refused to contribute money to settle the bill for meat and drinks they had ordered.
“After a series of verbal exchange regarding the bill, Hon Pauline Wanjira grabbed a bottle of whisky and attempted to throw it at me,” he claimed.
BLOWS AND KICKS
However, Mr Wambumbi, who is also the County Assemblies Forum Secretary General, contradicted this account claiming that Mr Ndagita hit the Magutu MCA and repeatedly kicked her after she fell on the ground.
Aguthi Gaaki MCA, Stanley Wakibia, while appearing before the committee, said that Mr Ndagita was angered by Ms Wanjira’s failure to contribute to the bill.
“This annoyed Hon Ndagita who angrily insisted that Hon Pauline should contribute her share but he lost his cool and punched her,” he told the committee.
As part of the committee’s recommendations, the ward representatives requested the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to train the ward representatives on the Code of Conduct and Ethics for state officers.
“The committee recommends that a reprimand be issued to the MCAs who acted dishonourably in line with the County Assemblies Powers and Privileges Act, 2017,” said Mr Kanyugo.