Bahati MP under probe for attacking disabled rival

Tuesday June 13 2017

Bahati MP Onesmus Kimani Ngunjiri. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Bahati MP Onesmus Kimani Ngunjiri. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By MAGDALENE WANJA
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Bahati MP Onesmus Kimani Ngunjiri is being investigated over reports that he attacked and injured his rival at a local radio station in Nakuru.

Mr Ngunjiri and Mr John Mbugua, an independent candidate eyeing to unseat the legislator, were engaging in a debate on a live talk show at the vernacular Ithaga FM station on Sunday night.

The two candidates had been invited to speak about their manifestos, but hell broke loose when the two clashed as the discussion got underway.

Mr Mbugua who is disabled, claims that the MP attacked him inside the studio as the show was going on, wrestling him to the ground and kicking him.

“He threw me to the ground and started kicking me while shouting vulgar words. In the midst of the confrontation, his bodyguard who was waiting outside came in and joined him in beating me,” he claimed.

DISMISS CLAIMS

Reached for comment, Mr Ngunjiri, however, refuted the reports and claimed his opponent had cooked up the story as a way of seeking sympathy votes.

The MP who has previously been reported engaging in confrontations said he had since reformed and no longer engages in physical fights.

Nakuru police boss Joshua Omukata confirmed that police were aware of the incident and had launched investigations after Mr Mbugua made a report at the Central police station.

“Mr Mbugua reported to the police that he was kicked twice by Mr Ngunjiri after an argument during a live radio show,” the officer said.

He said action would be taken once investigations are concluded.

The proprietor of the radio station Mr Njoroge Ng’ang’a said he had launched investigations establish what transpired. He said he was away during the alleged incident.