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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,22ND JAN 2018-Embakasi East MP Babu Owino has been released on a personal bond by milimani law court in Nairobi. This is after he denied charges of assaulting a car park attendant in Nairobi’s westland area.
Owino was released from the parklands police station on Sunday having spent to nights in cells.
He was however required to present himself in court to answer to charges of assaulting a security guard in Westlands.
However, the MP claims the police held him for “attempting to overthrow the government”.
Babu, in a Facebook post, says he has been detained at the Parklands police station, Nairobi.
“Been arrested. Held at Parklands. Charges are two. Harbouring intention to overthrow government. Assault. It shall be well,” he told his followers on Friday.
Babu was arrested outside Parliament buildings by Flying Squad officers for questioning over claims of assault on security guards in Westlands.
On Sunday the MP was released after interventions by other legislators including Nairobi senator Johnson Sakaja.
“In as much as he has committed a crime, let him be charged before the courts. 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 and we are telling the police to leave politics to politicians,” Sakaja said.
Other MPs who were at the Parklands Police station to demand Babu’s release were Makadara’s George Alandwa, Mathare’s Anthony Oluoch and Homa Bay woman rep Gladys Wanga.
Owino was accompanied by his bodyguard and both were released on personal bond of SH 20,000.