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Sunday 26 April 2015

Kisii politician gets hot slaps from foe at airport

There was anxiety as Nyaribari Chache MP Richard Tong’i and his opponent Zaheer Jhanda engaged in a tirade and a shouting match that ended physical.
The duo had just attended a harambee in Nyaribari Masaba constituency in aid of the Seventh-Day-Adventist churches.
Zaheer who supported Tong’i during the Nyaribari Chache by-elections just like the family of Simeon Nyachae had boarded with the chairman of the the same chopper with Simeon Nyachae as Tong’i hiked a lift in deputy president William Ruto’s chopper.
It was at the Wilson Airport where Tong’i got an opportunity to get close to Zaheer moments after Ruto’s convoy had left and started questioning why he was undermining him in the constituency.
Zaheer who lost the 2013 general elections which Chris Bichage won did not run during the by-election occasioned by a court ruling following a petition by Tong’i.
He found himself held by the collar before getting several slaps which attracted those who had travelled from the Kisii harambee including Nyachae  who had to intervene.
Zaheer recorded a statement with the Lang’ata Police Station where police launched investigations.
Tong’i is said to have started feeling uneasy two months ago when younger Nyachae started moving around with Zaheer, an indication which proved that the Nyachae family is fast accommodating him with a view to scooping the Kisii county gubernatorial seat.
Tong’i is known to be temperamental going by an incident during the 2013 campaigns when he slapped the wife of former area MP Robert Monda during the burial of  Ongeri Nyamwebi at Nyabisabo village in Nyaribari Chache constituency.

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