Azimio MP Samuel Arama Sentenced to 6 Months in Jail

  • The Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi as pictured on November 18, 2019
    The Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi as pictured on November 18, 2019
    Simon Kiragu
    Kenyans.co.ke
  • Nakuru Town West Member of Parliament, Samuel Arama, has been jailed for six months.

    The Legislator was sentenced after the court found him guilty of fraud. He was, however, given an option of a Ksh1.5 million fine.

    Arama was found guilty of abusing his office and authority to fraudulently acquire a piece of land in Nakuru Municipality Block 6/95 by displacing a Muhammad Nisar Ahmed.

    Nakuru Town West MP Samuel Arama addresses a crowd in Nakuru in 2019
    Nakuru Town West MP Samuel Arama addresses a crowd in Nakuru in 2019
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    He was alleged to have conspired with four others to defraud Nisar by means of dispossessing him of the land between August 3, 2015, and August 11, 2015.

    The MP and his co-accused are alleged to have forged a land sale agreement in respect to a piece of land belonging to Nisar while purporting to have been signed by a Yusufu Mustafah Ratemo.

    During the hearing of the case, it emerged that the document which claimed the MP had bought the parcel of land from Ratemo at a cost of Ksh.60 million, was not authentic. The court heard that the latter was not the owner of the land in question.

    Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) urged three High Court judges to permanently block the MP from holding any public office after his conviction in the graft case.

    The anti-graft told Judges David Majanja, Murungi Thande and Enock Chacha Mwita to bar Arama and any other politician with integrity issues from presenting themselves for elections.

    “Arama has been convicted in a Ksh60 million land fraud case and should not be allowed to contest any elective seat,” the EACC stated.

    The three judges were appointed by Chief Justice Martha Koome to determine whether politicians with integrity issues should be allowed to contest for any elective seat in the August 9, General Elections and future polls.

    Nakuru West MP Samuel Arama as captured from the video
    Nakuru West MP Samuel Arama as captured from the video.
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    Arama's woes intensified on June 27, after reports revealed that the MP was among three others from Nakuru County being probed over their alleged links to the dreaded Confirm gang.

    Rift Valley Regional Commissioner Maalim Mohamed affirmed that the three lawmakers were summoned to appear before the Directorate of Criminal Investigations office in Nakuru for questioning over the matter.

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