Kitui East MP Nimrod Mbai has condemned the violence witnessed in parts of Ukambani during Wednesday’s anti-government protests called by the opposition over the high cost of living.
Mbai, who is embroiled in a case where he is accused of assaulting a Kenya Power official at his home in Kitengela, Kajiado County, says the vandalism of the Nairobi Expressway at the Mlolongo toll station was orchestrated by rogue political leaders.
In a video published by the Nation and shared on his social media accounts, the MP says Mlolongo residents woke up on Wednesday to find people ferried from other places to vandalise property.
People were taken to Emali to break shops and in Machakos, the situation is the same we are not used to this. In the organised maandamanos where Kalonzo was in Kathiani, there was no vandalism, violence and theft,” he says.
According to Mbai, Ukambani residents are peaceful and the violence witnessed on Wednesday is a result of hired goons facilitated by parliamentarians he however doesn’t name.
And as the opposition Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition maintains that the anti-government protests will continue this week, the Kitui East MP has said violence will not be condoned in Kambaland.
“Our people are peaceful and we are condemning the hiring of goons to cause mayhem… we will not allow you to destroy property or kill in Kambaland. We know the members of parliament who are used to carrying these hired goons and we will face them,” he says.
At least a dozen people are reported to have died in the protests, including four in Mlolongo, two in Kitengela and one in Emali in Makueni County, while the Nairobi Expressway suffered vandalism the government placed at Ksh.700 million.
In the meantime, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has since summoned Mbai over the assault incident, with the commission’s CEO Twalib Mbarak blaming the public for electing leaders with questionable integrity issues.