Residents hold MP hostage, threaten to lynch him
16 August 2015, 19:04
Laikipia - There was drama at Oldonyiro area in Isiolo North constituency on Satuarday after a Member of Parliament was taken hostage by members of the community for close to two days.
Trouble started when the Laikipia North legislator, Mathew Lempurkel stormed Ndugu Zanguni Christian community charitable trust on Friday afternoon and started packing property and chasing away members of staff.
Lempurkel, who was accompanied by a court server, Josephat Gatheru, and some administration police officers from Rumuruti police, station spent over 24 hours hiding in one of the offices after members of the community threatened to lynch him.
The legislator is said to have tried to evict the members of staff and confiscate property following a protracted battle over management of the institution that takes care of children suffering from heart diseases.
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“We served the Oldonyiro OCS with a court order which sought to temporarily restrain Alessandro Vanunuci, Michael Tarlao, Michela Panzeri and their agents, servants, and/ or employees from trespassing to the applicant’s (Lempurkel) offices before visiting the institution,” Gatheru noted.
It was at this point that the members of the community stormed the institution and gave marching orders to the MP.
They pelted his vehicle with stones and ordered him to surrender the equipment he had already packed in his car.
After he refused, they surrounded the institution and camped there overnight where they lit bone fires so he would not exit.
On Saturday afternoon, he bowed to the pressure and surrendered everything, including a Toyota land-cruiser that he had already fueled from the institution.
He left under heavy police escort, with the members of community vowing not to allow him back.
They accused the MP of running down the institution by squandering money, saying he is under investigation on how he paid himself KES 400 000 monthly salary for 14 months after being elected Member of Parliament.
The MP however defended himself saying the members of the community were incited to cause chaos by some people who intend to take charge of the institution through the backdoor.
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