NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 1 – Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Governor Salim Mvurya say they do not intend to pursue the case against the man who caned them as they danced at a public meeting in Kwale on Monday.
According to a statement issued by Odinga’s spokesman Dennis Onyango on Wednesday, “The two leaders will therefore not apply for, or file P3 forms that the prosecution requires to proceed with assault charges against Lengo Karisa Mdzomba.”
Instead, the statement read, Mvurya would seek to get to the bottom of what caused the man to cane them. READ Man attacks Raila, Mvurya as they dance in Kwale
“Odinga said the Governor is ready and expressed hope that Mdzomba will take up the offer to meet saying that would create a chance to look each other in the eye and understand one another,” Onyango stated.
The 40 year-old farmhand was charged with assaulting the two leaders before a Kwale court on Tuesday and ordered detained for an additional 14 days to allow the prosecution obtain P3 forms detailing Odinga and Mvurya’s injuries.
And while he accepted the charges, Mdzomba expressed regret at his actions and asked that he be given a week to apologise to the two leaders. READ Man who caned Raila seeks forgiveness
Mdzomba whacked Raila twice from the back before lashing out at Mvurya as they danced with Kinango residents and fellow Coalition for Reform and Democracy leaders at an event aimed at rallying support for their Okoa Kenya referendum push.
He was arrested the following day.