|Tony Ogunda (centre) is taken to Kilimani Police cells after being arrested for allegedly trespassing into Raphael Tuju’s home last night. BELOW: Raphael Tuju [PHOTO: MBUGUA KIBIRA/STANDARD]|
By CAROLINE RWENJI and CYRUS OMBATI
NAIROBI; KENYA: Former Cabinet Minister Raphael Tuju was allegedly involved in a physical confrontation with the man he accused in court of breaking up his marriage.
Police investigators are considering whether to file charges against Mr Tuju for an alleged assault on Mr Tony Ogunda and malicious damage to his property on Thursday night.
This followed a confrontation at Tuju’s Upper Hill home involving armed bodyguards.
Charged in Kibera court
Mr Ogunda, a former General Service Unit police officer, was on Friday charged in a Kibera court with trespassing at the politician’s home. He was released on a cash bail of Sh500 after denying the charge of trespass.
The former officer has been named in a divorce petition filed by Tuju, who is seeking to legally end his 27-year marriage to Ruth Akinyi Wanjare, with whom the former presidential aspirant has three children.
Ogunda appeared in court in a blood-stained shirt and said he was assaulted within minutes of arriving at the Upper Hill home, to which he was allegedly invited by Tuju’s wife.
“Within five minutes of being in the house, I was assaulted by Mr Tuju and his bodyguards,” Mr Ogunda told officers at the Kilimani Police Station. “One of the bodyguards was holding a gun at me (sic).”
Mr Tuju, on the other hand, denied assaulting Ogunda and said he caught the accused trespassing in his home and had him detained while he called the police.
The one-time Foreign Affairs Minister says there is a restraining order in force barring the former GSU man from going anywhere near his homes.
“I did not assault the man who trespassed into my house,” he said “I only called the police to arrest him. We already have a divorce case (with my wife) pending in court and there is an order restraining him from coming to my home.”