21 December 2012

Kenya: Kathuri's Brother in Court After Fight With Activist

TNA?s Manyatta Parliamentary seat aspirant John Gitari Escorts Embu political activist Simon Njagih Njiru Alias Gikundo (centre) out of Embu police station after being arrested for allegedly assaulting Manyatta Mp?s Emilio Kathuri?s younger brother Lawrence Kathuri. kathuri was also yesterday charged with assaulting Njiru Photo/Reuben Githinji

A brother of Manyatta MP Emilio Kathuri was yesterday charged with assaulting an Embu political activist. Lawrence Ngugi was charged with assaulting Simon Njagih Njiru alias Gikundo on Decemer 10 in Embu town.

Gikundo had been charged with the same offense the previous day. Resident magistrate Robinson Oigara, overseeing the two cases, released Ngugi on a Sh10,000 cash bail or Sh20,000 bond and a surety of a similar amount

The hearing was set for January 22. Gikundo and Ngugi have denied the charges. Gikundo was released on a Sh12,000 cash bail or Sh30,000 bond and a surety of a similar amount.

The hearing of his case was set for February 8. The activist was arrested at the weekend and locked up at Embu Police station. TNA's Manyatta parliamentary aspirant John Gitari accused the MP of being behind the arrest to intimidate him.

Speaking to the press at the police station, Gikundo claimed that the MP had threatened to harm him after parting ways with him and campaigning for his rival.

He claimed his arrest was part of Kathuri's plan to exterminate him politically. The two allegedly met after an APK meeting before an quarrel ensued and a fight broke out. They each reported to the Embu police station and filled a P3 form.

When contacted for comment the MP denied having influenced the activist's arrest. "Watu wakipigana kwenye mabaa au kokote hakuna haja ya jina langu kuwekwa ndani (Do not drag my name into fights taking place in bars or anywhere else," said Kathuri.

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