MP punched me twice, Woman Rep narrates assault to court
Wajir Woman Rep Fatuma Gedi yesterday narrated to the court the events that led to her alleged assault by her Wajir East counterpart Rashid Kassim in June within Parliament precincts.
In her evidence in chief before trial magistrate Martha Nazushi, she said it all started with a simple inquiry from Kassim, who had wanted to know why she did not propose to the Budget Committee for his constituency to get a higher allocation. Gedi is a member of the committee.
In a fully packed Milimani court , she said she tried to explain to Kassim that the only money availed to the county was Sh100 million.
The court heard that before Gedi finished explaining Kassim punched her twice leading to a cut on the left side of her tongue. “You are a liar, you are stupid! And he punched me twice, on my left jaw and neck using his hand. I then saw blood coming out of my mouth,” said Gedi.
At the same time Gedi’s lawyer Charles Kanjama urged the court to allow them use photos taken on the material as evidence in the case. But Kassim opposed the application saying that criminal proceedings are always prosecuted by the DPP and not the lawyer watching brief for the complainant. The case will be mentioned on January 14.