A Kenyan Member of Parliament from the ruling coalition, Jubilee Alliance, has evaded arrest after she reportedly came to Uganda to recruit voters for her party ahead of the her country’s General Elections scheduled for August this year.
Kenyan media, quoting Uganda Police Bukedi regional spokesman, Sowali Kamulya, said Mary Emaase, the Teso South MP (Kenya) was found registering voters and campaigning in Amagoro village, Buteba Sub-County, of Busia district in Uganda.
“Police got information that she was campaigning in that area but as soon as she sighted them, she managed to escape back to Kenya but police managed to arrest her bodyguard,” Kamulya is quoted by the Daily Nation, adding: “It is a crime to recruit voters and campaign in a foreign country.”
The MP’s bodyguard No. 86019 PC Geoffrey Atwaine was arrested and disarmed, pending his release, the media said.
However, Emaase said it was propaganda meant to discredit her after opposition Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) top officials took to social media to raise the matter saying the MP was in a Ugandan police cell awaiting extradition by the Kenyan government.
It should be recalled that tribes at the border regions between Uganda and Kenya are closely inter-related, with the Itesot from both countries having the same cultural leader Emorimor Augustine Osuban.