United Democratic Alliance (UDA) candidate in the forthcoming Kabuchai constituency by-election has called on police to investigate an incident where his rival was allegedly attacked.
In a press release Evans Kakai is calling on police officers to investigate the incident and bring the culprits to book.
On Tuesday, a youth who supports a Ford Kenya candidate Majimbo Kalasinga was attacked at his home and injured by unknown people.
‘Junior’ as he is well known in Kabuchai constituency is a staunch supporter of FK party leader Moses Wetang’ula.
He was attacked and sustained serious head injuries and was rushed to a local dispensary where first aid was administered.
Yesterday, reports on social media also indicated that Kalasinga had been put under house arrest by goons allegedly owned by Kakai and an independent candidate Gaspar Waffubwa.
Reports showed that over 50 people had surrounded Kalasinga’s home and wanted to harm him.
However, Kakai claimed that he has never planned nor thought of attacking his fellow candidates.
“We have learned, regrettably, through Social Media, that one aspirant in the Kabuchai By-Election was purportedly attacked by youths as he enjoyed himself at a Local Bar in Mayanja,” read the statement.
It continued, “We do not condone violence of any nature and wish to condemn the incident, if true, in the strongest possible terms. further, we wish to call for a speedy investigation in the matter,”.
The statement claimed that the same is coming barely a day after one of the candidates was on a local TV station, Tandao TV, claiming to have used his power in the Government to influence the transfers of all the National Police Bosses in the region.
“We therefore wish to ask our good friends to use the “friendly” police bosses that they brought to ensure that our security and that of all candidate is assured as we go about our campaigns,” said Kakai.
He therefore said that they were aware that these schemes have been used in the past to cry wolf to win sympathy votes and mete violence against opponents in the pretext of revenge.
“We await a report from the security agencies on the incident since the name of our candidate Evans Kakai has been mentioned in the disturbing Facebook post,” read the statement.
The Kabuchai and Matungu by-elections are slated for March 4.