Kenyan MP allegedly escapes arrest while recruiting Ugandans to register as voters


A Kenyan Member of Parliament allegedly escaped on foot while her bodyguard was arrested and detained at a Uganda police cell over claims of recruiting Ugandans to register as Kenyan voters, Standard newspaper reports.

According to the report, Mary Emase MP of Kenya’s Teso south region was able to escape after Ugandan police were tipped off and stormed into a compound where a crowd of Ugandans had crowded for registration as Kenyan voters.

Emase’s bodyguard was arrested and detained at a Uganda’s Mawero police station.

A witness at the border said the MP was facilitated and managed to cross to Kenya but the bodyguard was detained. “She was covered and facilitated through the border,” said the witness. The Standard could not independently verify this information, said Standard.

Emase’s personal assistant, Lucy Ogutu was able to confirm the safety of the MP but could not reveal her we whereabouts.

The incidents comes days after the opposition leader, Raila Odinga claimed that Kenyan security agencies were recruiting Ugandans and Ethiopians to be enlisted as voters ahead of the country’s August elections.

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