Nominated Senator Paul Njoroge Detained And Charged For Firing Gun During Business Dispute

Nominated Senator Paul Njoroge has been charged with causing disturbance after he attempted to use his gun to ward off officials closing his business.

The gun drama took place in Naivasha where the senator who represents the disabled operates a Shell petrol station.

He shot into the air twice to stop an attempt to close the station by Vivo Energy officials led by its MD Polycarp Igathe, who is also KEPSA chairman.

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The officials attempted to confiscate equipment after the Senator allegedly failed to follow stipulated rules.

The filling station has been reported to have repeatedly run out of petrol due to poor funding by the retailer who had promised to change the trend in previously held meetings.

The officials demolished part of the petrol station’s entrance before trying to remove fuel pumps as the senator arrived with a court order stopping Vivo Energy from closing his business.

The order from Naivasha Principal Magistrate Esther Kimilu restrained Vivo Energy from interfering, taking over or terminating contract until the case is heard and determined.

The senator went on to engage Mr. Igathe and other workers in a heated argument before firing into the air, rattling the Vivo Energy boss.

Senator Paul Njoroge

“I had come to enforce the closure notice only for the senator to open fire. I have recorded a statement with the police over a threat to my life,” said Igathe.

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Senator Paul Njoroge spent the night at Naivasha police station and had his licensed firearm confiscated.

Senator Paul Njoroge

Mr. Igathe’s lawyer, Steven Luseno, called for an extra charge of threatening the lives of Vivo Energy workers for Senator Njoroge to be charged with which the prosecution declined.

Luseno insisted calling for the matter to be revisited demanding that the file be forwarded to DPP Keriako Tobiko for advice. He also requested for the case to be transferred to Nairobi.

Deputy Registrar of the High Court, Zainabu Abdul, will make her ruling later in the day.