Changamwe MP Omar Mwinyi has been convicted to a four-year imprisonment or pay a Sh1 million fine after he was found guilty of assaulting two police officers during the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party primaries in April 2017.
Mwinyi had been charged with 11 counts including assaulting two police officers.
However, the Magistrate’s Court dismissed nine charges over lack of enough evidence but found him guilty of two charges.
Each count attracted two-year imprisonment or a fine of Ksh 500,000 each, totalling to four years in jail or Sh 1 Million fine.
Mombasa Chief Magistrate Evans Makori said the charges against the legislator were proved beyond reasonable doubt.
He said it was proven that Mwinyi was largely involved in the attack against the police officers during the ODM party nominations last year April.
Makori found the legislator guilty of assaulting the two police officers during the ODM primaries in Mombasa County and failing to stop his supporters from storming the poll locations to cause disruption.
“It is clear the accused failed to restrain or stop his supporters from disrupting the polls therefore he is deemed to have participated in the fracas,” he said.
After the conviction Mwinyi said the judgment by the court was unwarranted because he did not at any time assault anyone.
“I was absolved of any wrongdoing, but the judge has found it fit to make his judgment and we shall abide by it. My lawyers are definitely working on an appeal,” said the MP