Babu Owino to be arrested

Babu Owino has skipped a crucial court session.

Mr Owino, together with his bodyguard, are accused of assaulting a security guard at a parking section of the Fortis Towers in Westlands Nairobi last month.

A warrant of arrest was issued against  the lawmaker and his bodyguard for failing to appear in court for mention of assault case.

Magistrate Martha Koome issued the warrant after the two skipped a scheduled court appearance for the mention of an assault case they face. They're accused of molesting a parking attendant in Westlands.

The arrest warrant means that either Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja, who bailed him out of cell a week ago, could be arrested for failing to produce the lawmaker in court. Sakaja gave a personal surety that he would produce the lawmaker in person for prosecution.

Mr Owino was released after Mr Sakaja gave a personal surety to produce him at the Milimani Law Court on Monday (today) at 8am, and later castigated the police for unlawfully detaining the lawmaker in succession.

He also criticised the police for politicising the criminal justice system, terming the assault a petty matter, "which would have been solved by the two."

The Jubilee senator arrived at the police station on the fateful day at 1pm, a few minutes after Nasa legislators had marched to the station to demand Mr Owino’s release.

“We may disagree in matters of politics, but we agree on one thing that Mr Babu Owino is a leader and Kenyan who has rights and deserves dignity. I have committed to avail him in court tomorrow,” said Mr Sakaja.

Other legislators who accompanied Mr Sakaja included Suna East MP Junet Mohamed, Mathare MP Anthony Oluoch, Homa Bay Woman Representative Gladys Wanga and former Embakasi South MP Irshad Sumra.

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