The Star (Nairobi)

8 November 2012

Kenya: Kirinyaga MP Summoned Over Assault

POLICE have summoned Kirinyaga Central MP Joseph Gitari to record a statement over the assault of a businessman last Saturday. The MP, his bodyguard and an aide are said to have attacked and injured a Kerugoya businessman Njamumo Njinaro on Saturday night at Sagana night club after differing over their politics.

Njinaro, who rescued by police during the attack, was treated at the Kerugoya District Hospital and discharged. Yesterday, Kirinyaga south DCIO Birya Fondo summoned the Gitari after the matter was referred to him by OCPD Apollo Onyonyi.

He asked the Njinaro to record another statement today afternoon. He reported the matter and recorded a statement at Sagana police station on Saturday night.

"I have called the complainant to record a statement after I was asked to carry out the investigation son the Saturday night incident," said Fondo.

He said other witnesses will record statements before action is taken against Gitari. Fondo said the MP will be charged if he found to have assaulted Njinaro.

He, however, said he will wait for the MP to record a statement on the assault to enable him decide on whether to charge or not. The DCIO said nobody is above the law and insisted that the law will take its course.

Fondo said Njinaro suffered injuries on the face, hands, back and abdomen. Reached for comment, Gitari said he would call back later as he was busy. He, however, did not get to back to us as promised.

MP were fruitless as he did not answer his phone. Reached for comment, the accused Mp said that he was busy and would call later after two hours after he finishes his private business.

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