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MP forgives thug who spared his life in robbery

24 June 2015, 17:01 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - An MP has asked that a Nairobi court release a thug who implored his mates not to kill him during a robbery in the city's plush Karen area.

The MP, Makueni's Daniel Maanzo asked the Nairobi magistrate's court to withdraw charges against the suspect Samuel Otieno alias Tabu Ley who was among a group of thugs that attacked his home in Kisembe Estate Karen, February 19 2014.

Maanzo, who positively identified Otieno as one of the men who attacked him, said that he and his wife had chosen to let the case go in the same spirit Otieno urged his fellow gang members not to kill him on the fateful night.

" He spared my life and I want to extend the same kindness to him. I heard him tell the rest of his accomplices not to kill me even after one of them said I should be finished, and in the spirit of forgiveness, my family and I have chosen to drop the pursuit of this case," the MP told the court Wednesday.

Maanzo who was injured in the attack, said that he and his wife had taken the decision seeing as it would do no harm to have the man make a good example of his life in future.

" I have forgiven you so that you go and do something better with your life; but if you are involved in robbery again, please do spare lives as you spared mine," he implored Otieno.

He then crossed over the dock to shake Otieno's hand before a bewildered court.

Maanzo also clared concerns from the court that he had either been threatened or coerced into changing his plea, stating that he saw no need in having Otieno punished.

Maanzo was injured in the forehead when one of the thugs, who wore a mask, hit him with a gun butt, while his wife was injured in the back of her head.

Otieno was charged with robbing the MP of KES 110,000 cash, a gold decoration of the Elder of the Burning Spear award valued at KES 100,000, a digital camera worth KES 25,000, car keys worth KES 5,000, jewellery worth KES 100,000, and a mobile phone costing KES 2,500.

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