3 testify in assault case against former MP Mathew Lempurkel


Three witnesses have given their testimonies in the assault case against former Laikipia North MP Mathew Lempurkel.

Former Mukogodo MCA Paul Leshue, who testified told Senor Resident Magistrate Helen Onkwani that he saw Lempurkel assault the current Laikipia North MP Sarah Korere on 21st November 2016 at Harambee house in Nairobi.

The assault is alleged to have taken place after Korere, some MCA’s from Laikipia and other members visited the former interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery to discuss the state of insecurity in their area.

“When Honourable Sarah was leaving, Honourable Lempurkel entered through the same door and heard him ask,…..Watu wa Laikipia wanafanya nini hapa, na huyu ni nani?(Referring to Korere) followed by a slap,” Leshue told court.

The court heard people started shouting in the room saying ‘umepiga mama’ then an officer manning the area entered and pulled Lempurkel out.

Two other witnesses, a peace caravan founder and a community leader also confirmed what Leshue told the court.

The court heard that after security took away Lempurkel, Korere was left crying and excused herself in order to go and report the matter and also see a doctor.

The MP went to report the mater at parliament police station and later sought treatment at Nairobi Women’s Hospital where she was examined by a doctor by the name Lucy Njoroge.

After the hearing, Lempurkel’s lawyer James Orengo requested the court to summon all the witnesses to come and testify on 5th November since they are short.

The former MP is alleged to have assaulted Korere who was then a nominated MP by slapping her on the left cheek and kicking her on the lower abdomen causing her injuries.

The MP who was arrested a day after the incident and taken to Kileleshwa Police station denied the charges and was released on a cash bail of 100,000.