Babu Owino released from Parklands police station

Embakasi East Member of Parliament Babu Owino who had been detained at the Parklands Police Station since Friday has been released.

The legislator was released Sunday afternoon after his colleagues reached an agreement with the police.

Speaking shortly after the release Nairobi Senator Johnston Sakaja together with some NASA MPs condemned the police for arresting the legislator terming it unwarranted.

Sakaja said the arrest was synonymous with the Nyayo days noting that the police were giving Jubilee government a bad name.

“Arresting someone on Friday for a crime he allegedly committed nearly two weeks ago is wrong,” said Sakaja.

Owino was arrested on Friday outside Parliament buildings by Flying Squad officers over claims of assault on a security guard in Westlands.

His arrest follows an incident in which a video went viral on social media showing the MP and his bodyguards roughing up security guards who declined to open a barrier for them.

In September last year the MP had been arrested and was released on a 200,000 shilling bond after denying charges of grievous harm and use of force during the August 8 general elections.

Owino appeared before Chief Magistrate Joyce Gandani at the Kibera law courts after spending three nights in police custody.

He denied causing grievous bodily harm to Joshua Otieno Obiende during the August poll. Gandani while issuing the bond said the prosecution did not produce any evidence of interference with witnesses by the accused and therefore unnecessary denial of bond would create chaos.

The prosecution argued that if released, the accused would interfere, intimidate and threaten witnesses.

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