Governor Mike Sonko has distanced himself from goons who assaulted a businessman at Hotel Boulevard in Nairobi last week.
The victim, Mr Timothy Muriuki, is a member of the Nairobi Central Business District Association, and was roughed up by five men as he addressed a press conference on the state of Nairobi County at the city hotel.
The Nairobi County governor said claims that he has links with the five men are just hearsay, a rumour.
The five now are in the police wanted list with a Sh500, 000 bounty on each of their heads.
“Hearsay is not admissible in court and I will not allow anyone to tarnish my good name. Mr Muriuki is my friend and have never had any differences with him,” Mr Sonko told a local TV station on Tuesday.
Mr Sonko urged the police to arrest the five men who were captured on camera assaulting Mr Muriuki.
And on the photographs of him with the assault suspects shared on lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi’s Twitter page, Mr Sonko said he took the pictures with them when they attended the wedding of the daughter of KANU secretary general, Nick Salat.
“I accept I was with them in a wedding as shown in the photo, but that was way back before they attacked the businessmen and I cannot be associated with them just because we were in the same event,” the governor defended himself.
So far, police have arrested four suspects, including member of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) Simon Mbugua in connection to the attack.
Others arrested are Mr Anthony Otieno Aboo alias Jamal, Mr Solomon Benjamin Onyango alias Solo and Mr Stephen Sangira who were nabbed at the Sagret Hotel in Nairobi on Tuesday.