Parking attendant withdraws assault case against Babu Owino and bodyguard

A parking attendant who had accused Embakasi East MP Paul Ongili alias Babu Owino and his bodyguard of assaulting has withdrawn his complaint.
David Gichagu told Senior Principal Magistrate Martha Mutuku that he wished to withdraw the matter since he had forgiven Babu and his bodyguard Daniel Owino.
Gichagua told the court that he was not coerced nor bribed by anyone to withdraw the case.
The MP and his bodyguard had been accused of attacking Gichagu at Fortis Towers in Westlands, Nairobi on 11th January 2018 jointly with others not before court.
Babu Owino had further been separately charged with two other counts of using abusive language and creating disturbance.
The two had denied the charges before Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi and were released on personal bonds of Sh 20,000 each.
Before being presented before court to answer to the allegations, Babu had spent two nights in custody at Parklands police station.
He was arrested outside Parliament on Friday 12th January and released on Sunday 14th.
Babu was released after intervention from several politicians among them Nairobi Senator Johnstone Sakaja.
In a media briefing outside court, the MP said his detention was linked to an election petition filed challenging his win in the August 8th General Elections.
The MP linked his incarceration to a petition filed against his elections win.
He had alleged that the circumstances around his criminal and election petition cases were as a result of being a critique of the Uhuruto government.
The first time lawmaker was released after interventions by legislators including Nairobi senator Johnson Sakaja.
“This notion and culture that you can arrest someone, for an offence he committed a week ago, on a Friday and keep him in cells for two days is playing politics,” Sakaja said.
He said as much as Babu had committed a crime, they should then have charged him in a court of law.
Babu recently lost his seat after a successful petition by Jubilee’s Francis Mureithi.