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I hid in bush near my home to evade police – MP Washiali dismisses ‘abduction’ rumour

Mumias East MP Benjamin Washiali, who was reported to have gone missing on the night of Friday, January 17 has resurfaced.

The lawmaker who is also the Jubilee Party Chief Whip in the National Assembly now says he went into hiding to evade the police who were after him.

News about the supposed abduction were shared on social media after the MP disappeared from Shitoto village, Mumias East on Friday night, on the eve of a meeting in Mumias town to address economic issues facing western region that was cancelled by the police.

The rumour of abduction became even more pronounced after his bodyguard and personal assistant recorded statements at Shianda Police Post claiming the MP was missing from his house.

In a phone interview with Nation,  Washiali explained that he decided to escape from his house after a contingent of police officers raided his home on Friday night.

 “I heard sounds of vehicles approaching my home and when I peeped through the window, I noticed several police officers surrounding my compound. I knew they were after me because of the meeting we had organised in Mumias. I escaped through the back door and hid in a thicket behind my home,” said Washiali.

He said he left for Kisumu immediately after police left his compound. He spent the night at a friend’s home before leaving for Nairobi on Saturday morning.

Earlier in the week, COTU boss Francis Atwoli had warned that the only Building Bridges Inititiative (BBI) meeting that would take place was the one he and Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala had organized to take place at Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega.

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