Wajir East MP Rashid Amin was on Thursday afternoon arrested by the police in Parliament Buildings for allegedly assaulting Woman Representative Fatuma Gedi.
Before Treasury CS Henry Rotich arrived in Parliament for 2019/20 budget reading, female MPs walked out in protest over the assault.
This prompted Speaker Justine Muturi to ask the police to investigate and take legal action against the MP.
In an interview with the Nation, Gedi claimed that Amin had punched her on the cheek after he complained about allocations to his constituency. Gedi sits in the Budget Committee.
“I was just walking with my colleague Ms Wanga when he accosted me and started calling me stupid and within minutes he punched me on the cheek,” Ms Gedi said.
“I told him that Wajir County was only allocated Sh100 million and we had to allocate money to only areas of priority to the region like water and roads but he told me that was nonsense,” Gedi added.
Homa Bay Woman Representative Gladys Wanga confirmed the incident, adding that Amin punched Gedi and left her bleeding. She was rushed to Karen Hospital.
“I stood aside and gave them space as they started talking in their local dialect but within a few minutes, I saw Mr Amin punching my colleague and she started crying and bleeding,” Wanga said.
“I could not believe that a male colleague could assault his female colleague,” Wanga added.
When reached for comment, Amin who after the incident attended a Public Investment Committee meeting, only said: “I will respond to the police, for now, treat that report as rumours.”