18 February 2019

Kenya: Tourist Arrested for Assaulting Narok Trader Muneer Ishmael

A tourist has been arrested for assaulting a businessman in Narok.

Narok Officer Commanding Police Division (OCPD) Joseph Kisombe has identified the tourist as Mr Amando Kurti from Alabama, USA.

At the time of the incident, Mr Kurti was accompanied by Ms Danielle Olivier from New Zealand.

Mr Kisombe said after the Friday incident, the two, who were driving a top of the range car, fled towards Mai Mahiu after assaulting Mr Muneer Ishmael, a petrol station owner.

The OCPD said Mr Ishmael suffered serious injuries on the face.

Mr Kisombe said the two tourists were arrested at a roadblock in Ntulele trading centre, as they drove to Nairobi.

WRONG PARKING

"An argument arose after the tourists parked their car at the entrance of the petrol station. The standoff degenerated into a fight where Mr Ishmael suffered injuries on the face," said Mr Kisombe.

The OCPD said Mr Ishmael reported the matter to Narok Police Station before officers manning roadblocks were alerted.

"He will appear in court on Monday (today) for assault and resisting arrest," said Mr Kisombe.

However, Ms Olivier blamed the businessman for starting the fight.

She said Mr Ishmael roughed her up at a Co-operative Bank Automated Teller Machine (ATM) where she had gone to withdraw some money.

"We were on our way to Nairobi from Masai Mara Game Reserve when we stopped to fuel our car and fix some mechanical problems," said Ms Olivier at Narok Police Station on Friday.

EXCHANGE BLOWS

"While I was at the (Cooperative Bank) ATM, the man (Mr Ishmael) started pushing and slapping me on the face as he demanded to know why I had parked the car at the wrong place," she said.

"Since I was scared, I immediately left the ATM and rushed to our car and told my partner what happened," she said.

She said her boyfriend alighted from the vehicle and demanded to know why Mr Ishmael had assaulted her before the two started to exchange blows.

Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina accused the police of taking sides.

MILITARY ARSENAL

"The police seem to fear Mr Ishmael, why haven't they arrested him after equally injuring the tourist," said Mr Kina.

Mr Ishmael, a local businessman in Narok town, hit the headlines in 2009 after the police discovered illegal military arsenal in his house.

The arsenal, the largest ever consignment of weapons found in civilian hands in Kenyan history, included 100,000 bullets and six guns.

An assortment of military supplies was also seized from the businessman's house in Narok.

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