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LEFT: William Osewe. RIGHT: Mr Tom Oywa Photo Courtesy

Hotelier William Osewe, owner of popular Nairobi eatery K’Osewe Ranalo Foods Restaurant, is in stable condition after doctors successfully removed three bullets lodged in his body.

One of the bullets that had lodged in Osewe’s back had not touched the spine as earlier feared.

“He will leave the hospital soon. He was successfully operated on and the bullet that had lodged near his back removed,” said a member of the family.

Osewe was shot and seriously wounded last Thursday after a confrontation with his friend, Tom Oywa Mboya, near Roasters Inn, along Thika Road, Nairobi.

Kasarani OCPD Robinson Mboloi clarified that Osewe, a licensed firearm holder, was not armed at the time of the incident.

“His gun has not been mentioned anywhere. The firearm mentioned is the one of the man in our custody and that is why he would face attempted murder charges,” said Mboloi.

Before the attack, Osewe had accused Mboya – an hotelier and tour agent – of having an affair with his wife.

According to witnesses, the two who are longtime friends, exchanged harsh words when they bumped into each other at Hagon fish restaurant near Rosters.

“Osewe walked in and found the other man eating. He began shouting at him, asking him what it is the man and his wife were planning,” said a waiter as quoted by Standard.Standard.

Mboya reportedly drew his Ceska pistol and threatened to shoot. Osewe in turn dared him to after which a pursuit ensued with Mboya hot on the heels of his alleged love rival.

50 metres from the restaurant Mboya opened fire and hit Osewe three times.

One of the bullets also hit and seriously wounded a guard at the premise.

In 2014 Mboya reported at Nairobi Area DCI offices that Osewe had threatened him after accusing him of having an affair with his wife.

Police are investigating whether Mboya’s gun is licensed having denied him a firearms license three times in the past.