Kitui East MP Nimrod Mbai has voluntarily presented himself to the authorities at Kitengela police station today in response to allegations of assaulting a Kenya Power personnel.
The incident transpired on Monday during an attempt to disconnect an illicit power line at the residence of the aforementioned MP in Kitengela.
A video capturing the incident, which has since become viral on social media platforms, depicts the MP engaging in a verbal altercation with Kenya Power officials before resorting to physical aggression.
The footage unequivocally illustrates Mbai repeatedly slapping one of the engineers and during the disturbing encounter, Mbai can be seen attempting to brandish a possible firearm from his waist while holding the engineer by his jacket collar.
In reaction to the incident, perturbed employees of Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) staged a peaceful demonstration from their Epza offices to the Kitengela police station, unequivocally denouncing the legislator's conduct.
The visit by the electrical workers was prompted by grievances from the surrounding locality, where reports of fluctuating and defective electricity had surfaced.
Consequently, a substantial illegal power connection was allegedly discovered at the residence of the MP.
A scuffle ensued when Mbai chose to engage in a vociferous argument with KPLC officials rather than cooperating with their efforts.
Eventually, the altercation escalated into a physical confrontation, leading to the assault on the company's engineer.
The aggrieved workers emphasize that assaults on officials in the line of duty have become a recurring phenomenon, with certain individuals flagrantly flouting KPLC regulations by persisting in their use of unmetered electricity.
The workers implore the government to adopt an unequivocal stance on unlawful power connections, expressing their frustration with senior government officials who purportedly instruct them to waive fees for select users and corporations.
Presently, they beseech relevant stakeholders to ensure that the assaulted engineer receives due justice.
In the aftermath of the incident, an extensive search of Mbai's abode resulted in the retrieval of diverse KPLC materials.
The MP willingly surrendered himself to Kitengela police station earlier on Wednesday morning and will be presented before the Kajiado magistrate's court later in the day.
This occurrence underscores the persistent challenges confronted by Kenya Power in combatting illicit power connections and safeguarding the well-being of its employees.
Additionally, it raises salient inquiries regarding the obligation of public officials to uphold the law and serve as exemplars to their constituents.
The upcoming court proceedings will offer further illumination on the matter, and the public eagerly anticipates the legal deliberations that will determine the appropriate course of action.