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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,14TH MAY 2018-One of the five suspects accused of attacking Nairobi Central Business District Association (NCBDA) Chairman Timothy Muriuki has surrendered to police .
Nairobi CID boss Nicholas Kamwende said Brian Owino surrendered in the company of ODM Secretary-General and lawyer Edwin Sifuna, after two weeks of playing hide and seek with police.“He is here with his lawyer,” the CID boss said. The five had earlier gone to court seeking anticipatory orders, but their request was rejected.
They had cited security concerns among other things.
Police had placed a Sh500,000 bounty for Owino and four others after they went missing following the daylight attack on Muriuki.
They are wanted for assault and robbery with violence charges.
The incident happened before Muriuki started addressing the press in a Nairobi hotel which ironically was pro-Governor Mike Sonko, urging his detractors to keep off and allow him to work.
The assailants assaulted Muriuki at the full glare of cameras.
According to Muriuki, the Hotel Boulevard event was meant to highlight the need for close partnership between city residents and administrators to achieve development.
“Whoever dispatched those who attacked me should be ashamed. Businesses are not interested in fighting Governor Sonko. We’re not interested in headlines that damage the business environment,” he said.
“Between 50-60 per cent of our Gross Domestic Product is generated in Nairobi and that is why we wanted to call for unity to build an enabling environment,” Muriuki said.
Governor Mike Sonko’s leadership has been criticized for poor style of discharging mandate with serious challenges facing the city.They are among others poor drainage,traffic poor garbage collection blocked sewer systems.