Nakuru West Member of Parliament was on Friday cleared of corruption charges by Milimani Law Courts Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti.
According to Magistrate Ogoti, there was insufficient evidence to prove that the MP and his co-accused lawyer Kennedy Begi Onkobo were guilty of the charges levelled against them.
”I hereby acquit the three accused persons under Section 210 and order their cash bail of Ksh. 1million deposited in court to be refunded to them,” Ogoti ruled as quoted by Citizen TV.The ruling comes as a blow to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji who had approved charges against the MP. The charges included; conspiracy to defraud, making a document without authority, uttering a document with intent to deceive, obtaining registration of land by false pretences and knowingly misleading an investigator.The approval led to the arrest of the legislator in June 2018.“Investigations by EACC revealed that Samuel Arama in collusion with officers from the Nakuru lands registry unlawfully and deceitfully caused illegal registration and issuance of certificate of lease in relation to plot no.6/95 to an alleged individual who has disowned the purported sale agreement entered between Samuel Arama and the alleged individual person,” A statement from the DPP read.
The crimes that the MP had been accused of were alleged to have taken place in 2015.