Former Kibwezi MP Kalembe Ndile (second left) speaks to journalists at the Mlolongo Police Station on March 29, 2017 after auctioneers raided his home in Syokimau. PHOTO/SOURCES
BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,29TH MARCH 2017-Drama ensued Wednesday morning after people said to be auctioneers raided former Kibwezi MP Kalembe Ndile’s home in Syokimau in the outskirts of Nairobi.
The auctioneers arrived in a convoy of three cars seeking to attach the politician’s property in what is said to be an employment dispute.
Mr Ndile called police officers to report the intrusion.
The officers arrested six people, who were later locked up at the Mlolongo Police Station.
Addressing journalists at the station after he recorded a statement, Mr Ndile claimed the intruders entered his homestead at 6am and proceeded to harass staff, demanding money.
“They came in three saloon cars, caused commotion in my house claiming that they had come to execute court orders and were demanding money from my employees,” said terrified Ndile.
“I did not come out of the house since I did not know who these people were. That is when I called the police who came to my rescue. One of the vehicles escaped along the way,” he added.
The other two cars were parked at the police station.
Mr Ndile claims the raid was politically motivated.
“This is the work of my political opponents,” said Mr Ndile, who is eyeing the Mavoko parliamentary seat in the August elections on a Jubilee Party ticket.
“They must explain to police who it is that sent them,” Mr Ndile said.
He alleged that Mavoko MP Patrick Makau is behind his troubles.
Mr Ndile, who claimed that his life is in danger, told of an incident two weeks ago when his vehicle was trailed along Mombasa Road as he was coming from Machakos at around 10pm.
“I managed to shake them off. These are the same people,” he said.
However, lawyer Alfred Nyabena disputed Mr Ndile’s version of events, claiming that the people who were arrested were auctioneers.
“I represent two women who are former employees of Mr Ndile. The Employment and Labour Relations Court [ruled] in our favour and authorized auctioneers to recover monies owed to the two women,” said the lawyer, who came to the police station seeking the release of the arrested people.
“I was called by the auctioneers, who told me that they had been arrested in the course of discharging their duty,” added Mr Nyabena.
A man who said he was from Icon Auctioneers, but who refused to give his name, showed journalists court documents authorising them to attach property from Karesh Hardware in order to recover Sh352,633 owed to Edith Mutuku and Mary Wavinya.