The politician who slapped Babu Owino in more trouble

Wheat flour meant to be used as Christmas Gift was at the centre of the fight.

While the case remains pending till October 17, already the Nairobi-based politician Joseph Otieno Obiende has been charged in court for assault and robbery, the accusations that could see him jailed for life.

Mr Obiende, jointly with others not before the court, is alleged to have beaten Babu Owino before robbing him last December.

Obiende, who was floored by Babu Owino in last year’s August 8 elections, together with his accomplices, made away with 200 bales of wheat flour valued at Sh420, 000.

According to police’s submissions in court papers, the suspect slapped Babu in the face and pushed him to the ground.

Police said further that the suspect stormed Babu’s public rally, took over a lorry that had ferried the said goods and assaulted the turn boy and the driver.

The incident is alleged to have taken place at Nairobi’s Tassia estate, where Babu had gone to meet his supporters and offer them Christmas gifts.

However, Obiende denied the robbery with violence charges and was released on a Sh500, 000 bond.

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