Former MP denies assault charges

July 17, 2008 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, July 17 – Former Budalangi Member of Parliament (MP) Raphael Wanjala on Thursday denied assaulting a television cameraman, who was allegedly filming him on July 8 in connection with a relationship scandal.

Wanjala appeared before Senior Principal Magistrate Stella Muketi Thursday morning charged with assaulting Mustafa Mwalimu Musa, an NTV cameraman.

The charge sheet read: “Wanjala, on the 8th of July 2008 at the New Stanley Hotel in Nairobi, jointly with others not before the court unlawfully assaulted Mustafa Musa Mwalimu, thereby occasioning him actual bodily harm.”

The former legislator denied the charges and was released on a cash bail of Sh20,000 pending the hearing of his case on August 25.

Wanjala has been at the centre of a scandal involving a woman, Joyce Akinyi, who is allegedly married to a Nigerian businessman, Anthony Chinedu.

Akinyi is claimed to have ditched the businessman and (according to Chinedu) been having an affair with the former Budalangi MP.

Chinedu consequently moved to Court last month seeking a divorce and has levelled numerous allegations against Akinyi, including domestic violence.

He claims that the two solemnised their customary marriage on July 13, 2004 and have been blessed with two children aged 7 and 5, who are currently under his single care.

Meanwhile, a Somali national, allegedly deported early this year, was Thursday arraigned in court to face charges of illegally obtaining Kenyan registration in Malindi last month.

Abdulfatah Abubakar Abdi, alias Abdul Fatah Bakari appeared before Magistrate Stella Muketi charged with five counts of being in Kenya unlawfully.

It was alleged that Abdi falsely pretended to be a Kenyan citizen and procured registration from the Malindi Registrar of Persons on June 5 and issued with an identity card.

Abdi, who was allegedly deported on February 19 this year following an order by Internal Security Minister Professor George Saitoti, was arrested in Nairobi’s Eastleigh Estate on Tuesday.

Saitoti had in his deportation order stated that the accused person’s presence in the country was contrary to the interests of the nation.

He has been remanded in custody until Friday, when the police will ascertain his identity.


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