Monday January 27, 2020 - Mumias East MP, Benjamin Washiali, has admitted that reports of his 'abduction' on Saturday, January 18th, ahead of an aborted Mumias rally were false.

Speaking at an event organized by allies of Deputy President William Ruto at Nabongo Grounds in Mumias, Washiali admitted to going into hiding after spotting as many as 15 police officers camped outside his home just before midnight of January 18th.

He noted that political pressure, as well as fear of confrontation with the police, forced him to ditch his plan to convene a rally that had been banned in favour of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) forum in Bukhungu Stadium.

Washiali further criticized Central Organization of Trade Unions Secretary General, Francis Atwoli, who mocked him for avoiding a face-off with authorities.

“I can vividly remember that at such a time in 2009, a group of leaders were demanding that Kidero (former Nairobi Governor) must go.”

"We were cornered by ant-riot police and clobbered.”

“I was beaten to a pulp and my arm was broken.”

“Now Atwoli (Francis COTU SG), who instigated the cancellation of our meeting, calls me a coward for avoiding a similar confrontation with police.”

“Is there anyone who is ready to confront bullets?” Washiali posed.


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