In Summary
  • MP was arrested while hiding in a hotel in Kisumu.
  • Kisumu police transferred him to Mbale police station in Vihiga County.
  • High profile politicians who came to visit him failed to secure his freedom on bail.

Budalang’i MP Raphael Wanjala is set to be charged in a Busia court on Monday with offences related to causing chaos at a public function on Friday.

Vihiga OCPD Justin Nyagah told the Nation on Sunday that the legislator will be detained for his safety “as he comes from a hostile ground.”

The police boss said the MP is to be charged with malicious damage, endangering people in an aircraft and assaulting a police officer on Friday when his supporters clashed with those of his predecessor and Foreign Affairs CAS Ababu Namwamba.

The MP is being detained at Mbale police station in Vihiga County where several senior politicians unsuccessfully tried to bail him out.

Police have been holding Mr Wanjala since Saturday evening after arresting him in a hotel in Kisumu.

They then transferred him to the neighbouring Vihiga County where the Western region criminal investigation team is following up on his role in the fracas that ensued at a public event in Busia on Friday.

Mr Wanjala, spent the night at Mbale police station cells on Saturday night and recorded a statement on Sunday.


High profile politicians who came to visit him failed to secure his freedom on bail.

Senators George Khaniri (Vihiga) and Amos Wako (Busia) arrived at the station at different times but later left after failing to secure his release.

Mr Wanjala spent much of the Sunday recording statements with the police even as his supporters led by the Budget and Appropriation Committee chairman from Busia County Assembly Mr John Egesa waited for his release on bail in vain.

Without divulging more information, the OCPD said the station was used to “provide an overnight stay” for the embattled legislator.

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