Former minister Raphael Tuju’s wife has been charged with assault at a Nairobi court.
Mrs Ruth Akinyi Tuju was charged with assaulting and causing bodily harm to Felix Omondi Abuodha on August 23 at Lacoline Gardens within Upper Hill area.
She denied the charge with her lawyer Ian Maina pleading with senior principle magistrate Dolphin Okundi to release her on bail pending the hearing and determination of the case.
“The accused has been very cooperative with the police investigators and we humbly request the court to grant her a reasonable cash bail and provide us with the witness statements to prepare for the case,” Mr Maina said.
Ms Okundi granted the request and released Mrs Tuju on a cash bail of Sh50,000 and ordered that they be supplied with the police records and witness statements.
The hearing was then scheduled for November 28, 2013.
In the event Mrs Tuju is found guilty of committing the offence, she could be jailed for up to five years, this being the maximum sentence without option of a fine.
Her name recently made headlines in a different case where her husband alleges that she had a relationship with a former General Service Unit (GSU) police officer, Mr Tony Ogunda.
Mr Ogunda was found dead in a house belonging to Mr Tuju along Matumbato Road in Upper Hill, Nairobi County in July.
The deceased was first charged with trespassing into Mr Tuju’s compound and later charged with a second offence of sending offensive messages to Mr Tuju.
Mr Tuju has named his wife and the late Mr Ogunda as respondents in a divorce case against his wife of 27 years with whom they have three children.
In the petition, the former Information and later Foreign Affairs Minister notes that he can no longer live with his wife because of her infidelity as well as her abusive and violent nature.
He accuses his wife of bringing the late Ogunda to his home in Karen and even renting him an apartment in Ngong.
Mr Tuju adds that efforts to reconcile them hit a snag after she continued with her adultery even after she was exposed and engages in excessive drinking.