Ki­ambu MP as­pi­rant charged with as­sault

He beats up preg­nant wife, says she can’t do any­thing as he knows pow­er­ful peo­ple

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - STAN­LEY NJENGA @TheS­tarKenya

A Ki­ambu politi­cian was on Wed­nes­day charged with as­sault­ing his wife.

Solomon Ndung’u, who as­pires to be Ki­ambu Town MP, de­nied the charges be­fore Ki­ambu principal mag­is­trate Stella Atambo.

He is ac­cused of as­sault­ing Rhoda Nyawira and in­jur­ing her on Sunday at Ki­rig­iti. Ndung’u is the im­me­di­ate former TNA sec­re­tary in the county.

He was re­leased on Sh20,000 bail or Sh50,000 bond. The case will be men­tioned on Oc­to­ber 28, while the hear­ing was set for Jan­uary 26.

Nyawira recorded a state­ment at the Ki­ambu po­lice sta­tion on Tues­day. She said Ndung’u came home drunk and they started quar­relling.

“I am the sec­ond wife. When he came home, he started telling me I should leave the house be­cause he will go back to his first wife, whom they have a child with. All of a sud­den, he started beat­ing me up,” she said.

Nyawira, who is preg­nant, said Ndung’u started kick­ing her in the stom­ach, say­ing he did not care about the un­born baby.

She said the watch­man came to her res­cue. “This is the third time he has beaten me up sense­less. He was swear­ing I can’t take him any­where be­cause he knows pow­er­ful peo­ple,” Nyawira said.

Nyawira, a stu­dent at Mt Kenya Univer­sity, said they have been liv­ing to­gether since March.

She said she moved in with Ndung’u af­ter she was as­sured he had sep­a­rated with his first wife for more than a year.

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