Nakuru town West MP Samuel Arama has denied charges of fraudulent acquisition of property worth Sh 60 million.
The MP and his co-accused Kennedy Onkoba also denied other charges including making a false document without authority, uttering a document with intent to deceive, willfully obtaining registration of land by false pretenses, misleading detectives from the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC)among others.
The two are alleged to have conspired to defraud Ahmed Muhammad Nisar on diverse dates between 3rd and 11th August 2015 in Nakuru county by means of dispossessing him off plot Nakuru municipality block 6/95.
According to the charge sheet, the two deceitfully pretended that they were then carrying on a genuine business of land transfer of the said plot to Samuel Otara Arama by means of entries inserted by them in the Nakuru lands office white card register records.
The two denied the charges before Anti corruption court Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti.
The prosecution objected to their release on bond and the magistrate directed to rule on the same on 26th June at 2 pm.
The lawmaker was arrested in an entertainment joint on Friday night and has been in custody till Monday morning when they were presented before court for plea taking.
This was as a result of investigations by the EACC after a complaint from a resident was received in relation to the manner in which the MP acquired a plot in Nakuru Municipality.
The DPP accused the MP of colluding with officers from the Nakuru land registry to illegally transfer the land in question to himself.
On Saturday, several MPs and his supporters spent the better part of the day camping at the station as they demanded for the release of the MP.
For this, the police requested that the lawmaker be taken to Nakuru for plea taking to avoid chaos.
Among the leaders were Nakuru Town East MP David Gikaria, Kuresoi South MP Joseph Tonui and nominated MP Sammy Seroney.
The leaders said their efforts to secure bond for the MP flopped after officers holding him said they were waiting for orders from the DPP.
Attack on Duale
Arama’s lawyer Samson Nyagaka had alleged that his client was arrested because of a statement he made during a press conference on Friday, attacking National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale.
“This is not a land matter, but witch-hunt against my client based on the stand he made,” Nyagaka added.