Arrest Warrant Issued Against Senator Loitiptip

  • Lamu Senator Anwar Loitiptip at a past function at past funtion on June 2019
    Lamu Senator Anwar Loitiptip at a past function in June 2019.
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  • Nanyuki Principal Magistrate Ben Mararo on Monday, November 1, issued an arrest warrant against Lamu senator Anwar Loitiptip for failing to honour summons for appearance. 

    Loitiptip, who was summoned in regard to the shooting of a 32-year-old woman, failed to attend a court session, claiming he was hospitalised. 

    While giving the directive, the magistrate stated that should Anwar be spotted somewhere other than a hospital bed, then he should be seized with immediate effect. 

    He advised Anwar to surrender to the nearest police station instead of waiting to be shamed by police officers. 

    An undated image of the Nanyuki Law Courts.
    An undated image of the Nanyuki Law Courts.
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    The resident magistrate at the Nanyuki Law Courts demanded that the senator be refunded the Ksh500,000 he had been charged as cash bail, and be charged afresh. 

    The legislator, through his lawyer Rose Wachira, stated that the warrant was not necessary since Loitiptip has been bedridden since Sunday, October 31. 

    He stated that his reason was genuine, since he was involved in a minor incident on Sunday, and had to seek medical attention immediately. 

    This comes just a day after Joy Makena, the woman who was allegedly shot by the senator revealed that she had been forced to settle the matter out of court. 

    While speaking to the press, Makena stated that the senator had offered her Ksh70,000 as part of an out-of-court settlement, and threatened to imprison her together with her friends if she failed to accept the offer. 

    She affirmed that since she was scared for her life and her friends’ welfare as well, she gave in to the demands. 

    "I've already become disabled due to the injuries incurred after the shooting incident. I was ready to follow up the matter in court but I declined to do so after he filed an application against my friends and threatened to jail them if I didn't comply with his demands," she stated.

    In his defence, the Lamu Senator stated that his actions were in self-defence, since he was allegedly attacked by the two friends who had accompanied Makena. 

    Senator Anwar Loitiptip speaking during a pass press conference
    Senator Anwar Loitiptip speaking during a pass press conference
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