The Star (Nairobi)

4 December 2012

Kenya: Mwingi Police Probe Mueni Aides Shooting

CIDs investigating an incident in which police opened fire at the ODM hopeful for the Mwingi North parliamentary seat Zipporah Mueni have recorded statements from her injured aides.

A team of detectives lead by Mwingi CID boss Joshua Cheptoo visited the two victims of police shooting in Mwingi at the hospital bed at the Kenyatta National Hospital at the weekend.

The officers interviewed the ODM aspirant's driver Antony Gichuki before he was wheeled to the theatre for a leg operation. One of his legs was shattered by a police bullet. He is recuperating at the hospital after the surgery to fix a plate in the lower leg.

However, Mueni's security aide Mbooko Mbiti who was admitted with a bullet lodged under his right shoulder was discharged soon after a session with the detectives.

In a press statement issued yesterday, Mueni said that Gichuhi underwent an operation on Friday, while Mbiti was discharged from Kenyatta National Hospital on Saturday with a bullet still lodged in his body.

She added that doctors said that they will review Mbiti's condition next week to determine whether they should carry an operation "to remove the bullet or let it stay."

During the shooting Mueni and her mother Rose Muliwa Mutisya escaped death narrowly. Her team was returning to Nairobi from a launch of the ODM Mashinani campaigns in Kyuso market.

But a statement issued by Kyuso DC Peter Maina that officers involved in the shooting cannot face disciplinary action, "as they had acted in the line of duty" enraged the aspirant.

Mueni further took issue with the DC's assertion that the police men who were under the command of the Kyuso deputy OCPD opened fire after Mueni's driver defied police orders to stop the car.

In her statement yesterday, Mueni called on the Kyuso DC to withdraw the highly false and injurious statement. He said they amounted to pre-empting investigations into the incident which she highly viewed as an attempt on her life due to her association with ODM.

"Maina is trying to protect himself by issuing false statements to the media. Let him confirm or deny that he circulated my car's registration number to the police. He should also withdraw his statement that we defied orders to stop at a police roadblock," said Mueni yesterday.

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