Reports coming out of Uganda suggest that a Kenyan MP and bodyguard were allegedly arrested while recruiting locals to register as Kenyan voters.
The said Member of Parliament was identified as Teso South MP Mary Emaase, a Jubilee Party member.
She is part of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Western region campaign team, alongside Bungoma Governor Ken Lusaka and Mumias East MP Benjamin Washiali.
Mary Emaase, who was with her bodyguard, reportedly went to Mawero – a border town to Teso South – to recruit locals as Kenyan voters.
She allegedly gathered the crowd in a bid to poach them tapping into the fact that locals from either side cross freely to either country. It was also reported that Emaase was asking residents to register for Kenyan IDs.
Acting on a tip-off, Ugandan security forces were said to have stormed the location and surrounded it.
Unconfirmed reports say Emaase escaped on foot with the help of the locals who gave her clothes to disguise herself in. The reports also say she was in the company of her personal assistant John Rich, who escaped with her.
Her bodyguard was, however, not as lucky. He was disarmed and detained along with the Jubilee MPs official vehicle which was towed away.
When contacted, Teso OCPD Paul Odede said he was not aware of the incident. A senior unidentified officer speaking to The Standard, however, confirmed the reports.
“Initial reports we have indicate that the MP’s bodyguard was arrested. Her car was also detained at the station. We don’t know if she was arrested too but she is not at her house,” he said.
Attempts to reach MP Mary Emaase has been futile with Lucy Ogutu, another of the MPs personal assistants failing to provide reasonable information before cutting calls.
This incident also comes a few days after CORD leader Raila Odinga made what was said to be a malicious claim that the NIS was facilitating foreigners to register as Kenyan voters.