Kenyan MP jailed for election assault was once accused of deploying witchcraft to win parliamentary seat

Mwinyi was sentenced to four years in jail

The court found him guilty of assaulting two police officer during the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) nomination in April 2017.

Chief Magistrate Evans Makori ordered the MP to pay a fine of Ksh1 million or face four years in jail for the assault.

"It is clear the accused failed to restrain or stop his supporters from disrupting the polls therefore he is deemed to have participated in the fracas," he said in his ruling.

However, for Mwinyi, it is not the first time he appeared in court over election-related cases.

Witchcraft

Earlier this year, his parliamentary seat was challenged by one Abdi Daib who accused him of deploying witchcraft to influence the outcome of the polls.

The shocking details emerged when Daib's lawyer Gikandi Ngibuini was cross examining the MP on why two goats were allegedly forced to enter the Changamwe polling centre.

Mr Daib then told the judge that the two goats were slaughtered inside the polling station compound and blood was spilled everywhere while the meat was thrown into the Indian Ocean.

Mwinyi however denied the accusations terming them as mere malice.

The MP who garnered 31,322 votes in last year's general elections to beat six other candidates, said that he did not even campaign for the seat as he was assured of a win.

A mockery of justice

Thursday's ruling may be seen as justice served to the two police officers assaulted by the MP.

However, many Kenyans termed the judgement a "mockery to the country's justice system" owing to the fact that Mwinyi was given an alternative to pay a fine which he can easily part with.

Nevertheless, Mwinyi has vowed to challenge the ruling which he says was unwarranted as he did not at any time assault anyone.

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