25 May 2014

Kenya: Police Probing Sonko, Shebesh Gun Drama

Nairobi — Police are investigating a shooting incident that occurred at a popular bar in Nairobi on Saturday night where Senator Mike Sonko and Woman Representative Racheal Shebesh were with their supporters.

It is understood that bodyguards of the two leaders were forced to shoot in the air when a confrontation over unknown issues almost turned violent.

"There was a commotion that was followed by gun fire into the air, scaring patrons," a police officer said, quoting witnesses at the popular club in Kilimani.

Although no casualty was reported during the incident, police said they had opened an investigation to question the two leaders and their security personnel over the matter.

Kilimani divisional CID chief George Ojuka said both leaders had been summoned to record statements later Sunday.

"We understand the two leaders had an exchange before someone shot in the air," Ojuka said, "The use of the firearm was unwarranted because no one was in any danger."

We were unable to get a comment from Shebesh over the matter as her phone went unanswered, but Sonko said he was having a meal with his supporters and friends at the club when the incident occurred.

"I am the one who reported the matter to the police, and came back to the club," he said.

Police said they had learnt from a witness that the confrontation started when Shebesh asked Sonko why he had been following her "wherever she goes".

"These are the issues we are investigating to know what exactly happened, if anyone is found guilty of an offence, action will be taken," Ojuka said.

Before the incident, Sonko had posted the following message on Facebook: Watu wangu (my people) my life is in danger. I'm just from a funeral of my late family's driver who's been laid to rest at his family home a few hours ago. After delivering my speech I told the people who escorted me to the funeral to meet me at my usual joint for thanksgiving dinner but I'm shocked to find a politician well known to me with his/her 30 people who keep on shouting and threatening me but all the same I am playing it cool.

It is believed this is the post that infuriated Shebesh's supporters.

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