Mumias East MP Peter Salasya was on Saturday December 2, caught up in yet another violent confrontation in Kakamega.
The first term lawmaker’s car was pelted with stones by rowdy youths, destroying its back window after attending the burial event of former nominated senator and Kakamega nominated MCA Godliver Omondi in Bulimbo village, Kholera Ward, Kakamega County.
According to Salasya, the group of the rowdy youth had been hired by his political nemesis to block him from attending the funeral.
The MP managed to attend the funeral, only for him to face the attack while leaving.
In a video posted on his official social media accounts, Salasya accuses Kakamega Governor Fernandes Barasa of planning the violent confrontation for “fear of the bitter truth” the lawmaker has been speaking.
He adds that the Kakamega county chief was afraid of the warm reception the MP would have received at the funeral.
“I told him the truth days ago and because he knew I would come to the burial and be treated to a warm welcome, he staged youths to block me,” Salasya is heard saying in the video.
“I am a protected leader. Let no one endanger the lives of the youth. What if they attacked me and my security team acted in defence?” he added.
ODM leader Raila Odinga who attended the funeral urged MP Salasya and governor Fernandes Barasa to embrace a handshake and work together.
Playing a mediator, Raila asked the leaders to shelve their differences and work together to the advantage of their respective subjects.
However, Salasya says there will be no any handshake between him and the governor after his car was destroyed in the violent confrontation.
“There will be even no handshake between me and Barasa after he did this to me. I can even leave Azimio if the leaders insist that we have a handshake,” Salasya said.
He went ahead to promise governor Barasa a fierce battle in the 2027 Kakamega gubernatorial race.
“In fact I will vie for the Kakamega gubernatorial race in 2027 and I will unseat you Barasa very early in the morning,” Salasya dared.
“There shall be no more handshake between me and this childish Governor and because of this I will vie for Governor 2027 nikipita ni Sawa Nikianguka ni Sawa,” he said.
This is not the first war the youthful MP is having with Governor Barasa.
A few weeks ago, Mr. Salasya was attacked and chased out of a church service at Bukaya Catholic Church by rowdy youths said to be supporters of Kakamega Governor Fernandes Barasa.
Mr Salasya’s bodyguards were forced to shoot into the air as they evacuated the MP.
Men allegedly allied to Kakamega Governor Fernandes Barasa snatched the microphone from him in an attempt to cut short his speech.
The first-time MP, who has become a fierce critic of Governor Barasa, was midway through his speech, which was highly critical of the governor’s performance and the county government’s handling of the Mumias sugar company, when he was shouted down.
Salasya’s fight against Barasa dates months back when the lawmaker accused the governor of suppressing efforts to revive the Mumias Sugar Company.
During President William Ruto’s meeting with the Western region’s leaders at Kakamega State Lodge in August, the lawmaker accused Barasa of presenting his own opinions as the resolutions made by legislators from Kakamega.