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Lari MP Joseph Mburu Kahangara to remain four days in custody for assaulting a traffic police

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Lari MP Joseph Mburu Kahangara has been arrested in Nairobi over allegations of assaulting a traffic police officer in a road rage.

The legislator is said to have assaulted the officer at the Globe Cinema roundabout in a traffic jam on Friday.

The injured officer who said he had a bruise and pain on the jaw following the assault at about 11 am was treated at the Nairobi Outpatient clinic that is near the police station.

Central OCPD Patrick Oduma said the legislator will appear in court to face charges of assault and overlapping among others.

He said the MP had tried to overlap and when the officer who was manning the area stopped him an argument broke out that led to the assault.

“He is in our custody and will appear in court to face various charges. He assaulted an officer on duty this morning,” said Oduma.

Witnesses said the cop was floored in the drama.

In May, Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri was also arrested and charged in court for assaulting a female traffic officer in a similar road rage.

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Lari Member of Parliament will remain in custody for 4 days pending investigation after a Nairobi court charged him with the offence of assaulting a Traffic police officer in a road rage yesterday.

Joseph Mburu Kahangara appeared before the Acting Chief Magistrate Dolphin Okundi who ordered that the accused be remanded at the Central Police Station awaiting for the completion of the police investigation.

He is said to have assaulted David Ruto, a police officer yesterday at 10.00 am around Globe Round About within Nairobi County.

The officer was at the time said to have been acting in the due execution of his duties, where the accused who was driving carelessly and without a licence assaulted the said officer.

According to Prosecutor Charles Wanjohi, the victim is in Hospital due to Injuries Caused by the accused.

He added that the accused is one of the 450 Members of parliament and thus he is conversant with the law.

“The victim was just an innocent police officer who was conducting his duties when the accused deliberately abused him” he added.

Wanjohi said that preliminary investigations are underway and the conditions of the law are clear that the victim might have been indeed harassed.

Kahangara’s application for bail terms was rejected by the court as the offence was committed yesterday and the investigations are still in progress.

Magistrate Okundi ordered that the accused be supplied with the copies of witness statements. The case will be mentioned on December 10.

The accused is facing more charges of Traffic offences where he is being accused of dangerous driving, failure to obey the directions as issued by the traffic office and driving without a licence.

He pleaded not guilty to all the charges and was released on cash bail of Sh100,000 and the matter will be mentioned on December 10.

 -The standard

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