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Jubilee Party MP for Nakuru West acquitted in fraud case

Nakuru West MP, Samuel Arama before the Milimani

Hon. Samuel Arama, MP for Nakuru West, was acquitted by a court of law.  The MP had been prosecuted by the DPP on several counts of corruption in relation to a land transaction and also abuse to office contrary to section 46 as read with section 48(1) of the ACCA -Anti- Corruption and Economic Crimes Act.

The MP had been presented on court to answer several charges. He had been charged with abuse of office, fraudulent acquisition of land, conspiracy to defraud, making a document without authority, uttering a document with intent to deceive, obtaining registration of land by false pretense and knowingly misleading an investigator.

These charges were in pursuant to investigation results from Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission after a complaint from a resident of Nakuru West constituency. The MP was accused by Mr. Ahmed Muhammad Nisar of dispossessing him of plot 6/95 (that is located within Nakuru Municipality) in a fraudulent way by colluding with officers from the Nakuru land registry to illegally transfer the land to himself.

EACC detectives added that the MP had made a document without authority, purporting it to have been signed by Mr Yusufu Mustafah Ratemo.

“Mr Arama wilfully procured for himself land registration of certificate of lease of Nakuru Municipality Block 6/95, the property of Mr Nisar, by falsely pretending that he had bought it from Mr Ratemo at a cost of Sh60 million, which he knew was false,” read the charge sheet from EACC.

However, Milimani law courts Anti Corruption chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti ruled that the prosecution had failed to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt. The prosecution failed to provide enough evidence enough to convict the MP, Mr. Onkoba and another accused person.

Mr Onkoba had been accused of misleading the detectives in April last year by stating that Mr Ratemo appeared before him and signed a land sale agreement in respect of plot Nakuru municipality block 6/95.

The magistrate further directed the accused to be refunded their Ksh. 1 million cash bail respectively.

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