Mwingi Central MP Gideon Mulyungi is facing allegations of assaulting his father, Mulyungi Kithonga, removing his front teeth.
Kithonga, 84, as a result is said to have walked naked for kilometres in a bid to curse his son following the attack.
“I lost my front teeth when my son assaulted me in an argument. He rained kicks and blows on me until I fell to the ground in front of his mother and young siblings. One blow landed on my mouth. As a parent, I stripped naked to condemn him. I wanted to remind all my children that I am their father no matter their physical strength or wealth,” said Kithonga, as quoted by a local daily.
The incidence is said to have happened in 2004, when Mulyungi had been elected the Chairman of Architectural Association of Kenya.
The dad says that he has since forgiven the legislator, despite the son having not apologised.
“Since the assault, Mutemi (the MP) has never bothered to apologise to me or to initiate any form of reconciliation with me. I have since forgiven him but that incident is fresh in my memory and I still keep my four knocked out teeth,” says Kithonga.
The allegations come even as the MP’s brother, Joseph Mwangangi Mulyungi, pleaded guilty to allegations of of stealing three CDF bursary cheques valued at Ksh18,000.
The family says the allegations were fabricated to make the MP look clean in the public court. They say that Mwangangi was coerced to plead guilty in order to get his freedom, but that has not been the case.
“The arrest of my son (Joseph) was instigated by his elder brother. He doesn’t work at the CDF office and it is illogical to steal a bursary cheque, which can only be useful to the school it is supposed to be sent to,” said the father.
Th e feud has caused big rifts within the family, forcing the father to migrate from their native home to Ukasi area, on the border of Kitui and Tana River counties.
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