Chinese road builders in KeNHA engineer assault set free

Wednesday May 22 2019

Chinese road construction workers in Lodwar

The four Chinese road construction workers who were arrested on May 21, 2019 in Lodwar for allegedly assaulting a KeNHA inspector. They have been released. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

 SAMMY LUTTA
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Four Chinese men arrested in Lodwar on Tuesday for allegedly assaulting a Kenya National Highways Authority's road inspector have been set free after the complainant allegedly dropped the charges.

NEGOTIATIONS

The four, Wang Kai, Lui Jiang, Zhao Liangbin and Li Shaoqing, are employees of China Railway No. 5 Engineering Group Co. Ltd which is upgrading of Loichangamatak - Lodwar section on the A1 road.

They were released on Tuesday night, hours after their arrest, following lengthy negotiations that involved their employer.

A source privy to the talks said Engineer Rodgers Imasia decided not to pursue the matter further after the meeting with the suspects and China Railway.

The four had been accused of physically assaulting the KeNHA official last week after he criticised their work at KM 54.

ARRESTED

According to a police report, the suspects, who were arrested on Tuesday, went into hiding after committing the offence.  

The assault led to protest by local workers at the Chinese company's construction site at Kanam Kemer in Turkana Central sub county on Monday morning.

The workers claimed that Chinese employees were enjoying special privileges.

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