Mumias East Member of Parliament, Peter Kalerwa Salasya, found himself behind bars on Friday following allegations of assaulting Malaha/Isongo Ward MCA, Peter Walunya Indimuli, during a funeral in Kakamega. The MP, released on a Sh50,000 cash bail, awaits arraignment on Tuesday, January 16, amidst charges of assault, causing actual bodily harm, and creating a disturbance that could lead to a breach of peace.
The arrest stemmed from an incident at the funeral of Jesmus Kodia in Mumias on Friday, January 12, where Salasya’s alleged attack on MCA Indimuli was captured on camera. The police, responding to the disturbance, also disarmed the MP’s two bodyguards, whose firearms are currently undergoing ballistic analysis. The fracas resulted in chaos, with gunshots heard, prompting the intervention of Shianda police to restore calm and allow the funeral proceedings to continue.
MCA Indimuli reported to Shianda police station that he had taken the podium at the funeral to welcome MP Salasya when he requested the latter to maintain decorum in his speech. Instead, the MP reportedly shouted at him, ordering him to sit down, and subsequently physically assaulted him with slaps and blows before security intervened. This prompted other mourners to flee the scene.
After the incident was reported, the police advised MCA Indimuli to process a P3 form, leading to the subsequent arrest of MP Salasya. Despite attempts to reach the MP for comments on the matter, he did not respond to inquiries.
This arrest adds to a series of controversies surrounding the first-time MP. Notably, he is already under investigation for allegedly threatening a magistrate in a Mumias-related case. According to the police, the probe has been completed, and the file is currently under analysis.