Embakasi East Member of Parliament Babu Owino has thanked Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja for securing his release.
Owino was released from the Parklands Police Station on Sunday afternoon after the intervention of Senator Sakaja.
The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) MP was arrested on Friday over accusations of assaulting a parking attendant at an entertainment joint in Westlands, Nairobi on January 11.
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Speaking outside the police station, Owino said,
I want to thank Senator Sakaja for securing my release, I am grateful and may God bless you.
Sakaja condemned the opposition MP’s arrest and asked the police to demonstrate professionalism in their work. Speaking at the police station, Sakaja termed the assault allegations behind Babu Owino’s arrest as a petty offence that should not warrant him a three-day detention.
No political leader should be arrested unlawfully because of his political party be it NASA or Jubilee. This is a petty offense. I don’t agree with it and I will stand for him. I am staying here until Babu is released.
Sakaja made an undertaking of Sh104,000 and a personal surety to produce Owino in court on Monday, January 22, 2018, at 8 am.
National Super Alliance (NASA) legislators including Suna East MP Junet Mohamed, Mathare legislator Anthony Oluoch, Homa Bay Woman Representative Gladys Wanga and former Embakasi South MP Irshad Sumra were also at the station seeking to have Babu Owino released.
Babu Owino was arrested on Friday afternoon following accusations of assaulting a parking attendant at an entertainment joint in Westlands, Nairobi on January 11.
He spent Friday and Saturday night in police cells after efforts by opposition leaders and University of Nairobi students to secure his freedom failed.
NASA leader Raila Odinga and his counterpart Moses Wetangula on Saturday stormed Parklands Police Station demanding to know the reasons behind the arrest of the controversial MP and why he could not be released immediately.
Their quest to have the first-time legislator released however hit a dead end, with Owino being forced to spend his entire weekend behind bars.
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Babu Owino is set to be arraigned in court on Monday.