Two MCAs record statements with police after receiving death threats

Butali/Chegulo ward MCA Kevin Mahelo speaking to the press after recording a statement at Kakamega Central Police Station after receiving death threats....Photo/Andrew Ombuni


BY Andrew Ombuni

Two Members of the Kakamega County Assembly have recorded statements at Kakamega Central Police station after receiving death threats.

Kevin Mahelo, an outspoken Jubilee MCA from Butali/Chegulo ward and ODM’s Lazarus Lucheveleli of East Kabras Ward claim they have received threats from people whom they associated with Kakamega Deputy Governor Philip Kutima.

But Kutima dismissed the claims saying he has nothing to do with the two MCAs.

“I have never spoken about the two MCAs. I have nothing against them, they should stop maligning my name,” Kutima told The Standard on phone.

The MCAs said they have been warned of dire consequences if they will continue drumming up support for Lugari MP Ayub Savula’s 2022 gubernatorial ambitions.

Speaking to the press in Kakamega town, Mr Lucheveleli said they received the threats from six supporters of Kutima who has shown interest in the gubernatorial seat to succeed Wycliffe Oparanya during the 2022 elections.

He also said the supporters tried to rough them up at funeral ceremony in Malava but were rescued by security officers who came to calm the situation on time.

He alleged that after the funeral, he was trailed by unknown people while going back home.

“Following the fracas at the funeral, a black car followed my entourage   when I was going back home after attending a funeral ceremony in Malava sub-county.  They tried to overtake me but a cane tractor prevented them,” Luchebeleli claimed.

The ODM MCA said he was forced to divert to a different route which was unfamiliar to the occupants of the car, adding he entered a friend’s homestead where he stayed for two hours and then escorted home.

The MCA also claimed that the driver of the deputy governor cautioned him against supporting a candidate who is not a native of the county.

Mahelo, a jubilee MCA said they have been receiving threats on grounds that they had gone against the grain.

“You cannot force us to support you when you don’t have development track record. We will support Savula’s bid until 2022 when he will be declared the second governor of Kakamega County,” Mr Mahelo said.

He said they recorded a statement at the criminal investigations office in Kakamega central police station and that their witnesses will also recorded when required to do so.

Kakamega County Criminal Investigations Officer (CCIO) Carey Okech Nyawinda confirmed that the two MCAs have recorded their statements.

Mr Okech said they have launched investigations in to the matter.