MP Peter Salasya Fighting to Keep Golden Land Cruiser Over Ksh500K Debt

Ezra Manyibe | 1 month ago
Mumias East Member of Parliament Peter Salasya makes a phone call outside his car. |Photo| Courtesy|

Mumias East Member of Parliament Peter Salasya is fighting to keep his vehicle, a golden land cruiser over a Ksh500,000 debt owed to Kakamega businessman Robert Lutta.

On Thursday, April 11, 2024, Caroline Cheruiyot, the adjudicator at the Kakamega Small Claims Court (SCC) stopped the Kakamega businessman from auctioning Salasya's vehicle to recover the debt.

Cheruiyot directed that she will issue a ruling on April 19 guiding how the legislator will pay back the debt inclusive of accrued interest.

“In the meantime, the stay orders restraining the auctioneers from attaching his vehicle shall continue to take effect as the court seeks to give the ruling on the mode of payment of the decretal amount,” said Cheruiyot. 

Through lawyer Edwin Wafula, Lutta rejected Salasya's proposal for monthly installments worth Ksh50,000 until the debt is paid.

Lutta argued that the MP has the ability to settle the debt, terming his repayment proposal a mockery of court processes. He further accused the lawmaker of abusing his office as a leader.

Despite a stay of 30 days, the businessman says Salasya is yet to pay even a cent.

“Upon being granted a (30 day) stay, Salasya posted videos on his social media pages flushing wads of paper money, menacingly calling out on my advocate Mr Edwin Wafula to ‘come and pick money from my office,” Lutta says in the affidavit.

The businessman claimed that the delay in payment was meant to back him into a corner, raising concerns of Salasya's credibility as a leader.

“Salasya went ahead to abuse the entire court process and system including the trial magistrate on social media.

“His actions as a Member of Parliament depict someone who thinks he is above the law and can blatantly toy and make a mockery of the court system as he wishes,” Lutta argues.

The businessman loaned Salasya the money on December 13, 2022 which has since become a matter of contention. The lawmaker still believes a monthly installment of Ksh50,000 is sensible.