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MP forgives man charged with robbing him and wife at gunpoint

Makueni MP Daniel Maanzo has forgiven a suspected gangster accused of holding his family hostage and robbing him at gunpoint during a raid in his Nairobi residence last year.

The MP asked the prosecution to withdraw a charge against Samuel Otieno, alias Tabu Ley, which was pending before a magistrate at the Milimani Law Courts.

“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 politician told the court.

Makueni MP Daniel Maanzo at Nairobi hospital on February 19,2014 after he and his wife Catherine Maanzo were admitted following an attack at their home in Karen.He sustained head injuries. PHOTO | NAIROBI NEWS
Makueni MP Daniel Maanzo at Nairobi hospital on February 19,2014 after he and his wife Catherine Maanzo were admitted following an attack at their home in Karen.He sustained head injuries. PHOTO | NAIROBI NEWS

Armed gangsters invaded the MP’s home in the Kisembe Kipevu area of Lang’ata on the night of February 19, 2014 at about 3.30am while the MP, his wife, Catherine Mutheu, and a househelp, Patricia Muoki, were asleep but were awoken by “movement” inside the master bedroom.

The suspects had reportedly scaled a perimeter wall before accosting the family, police said.

“I have forgiven you, go and do something better with your life, but if you get involved in robbery again, please do spare lives as you spared mine,” the MP told the suspect in court before he crossed the floor of the courtroom to shake hands with his assailant.