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Court orders arrest of Lamu Senator Anwar Loitiptip

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  • A firearm with 13 bullets was recovered from Senator Loitiptip’s security detail – Police Constable Manoah Omale.

A warrant of arrest was on Monday, November 1 issued against Lamu Senator Anwar Loitiptip.

Nanyuki Principal Magistrate Ben Mararo ordered that the senator be arrested, if he is not admitted in hospital as reported, after he failed to attend mention of a case he is accused of shooting Joy Makena, 32.

The lawmaker’s lawyers, however, told the court that the warrant of arrest was unnecessary, insisting that Loitiptip sustained injuries on Sunday and he is hospitalised.

Loitiptip was charged with two counts of causing grievous harm and unlawful use of firearms.

According to a report filed at Nanyuki Police Station, Makena was shot on her right leg just above the ankle, after a quarrel ensued between her and the lawmaker at KANU Grounds in Nanyuki town.

Makena’s account of the incident

In the incident that happened next to Nanyuki Ibis Hotel, Makena says she was with her husband – Turo Jaso – when they witnessed the senator beating up a woman using a mop.

In the event of trying to intervene in the melee, Loitiptip allegedly turned to them and started assaulting them with the mop. He, however, ran to his car and grabbed a pistol.

The Lamu Senator, Makena says, followed the now-scampering-for-safety couple and fired twice. One bullet hit Makena in the leg. It took the efforts of his bodyguard to restrain him, fleeing the scene before police arrived.

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