Ex-Ugenya MP Karan arrested over alleged forgery of election petition documents


Ex-Ugenya MP Karan arrested over alleged forgery of election petition documents
Ugenya MP Chris Karan at the Court of Appeal during on Thursday August 16, 2018. PHOTO/ALLAN OBIERO

In Summary

  • The ex-legislator was arrested at a Mombasa hotel by EACC sleuths from Nairobi and is expected to be charged alongside lawyer George Mugoya and Dr. George Oguna.
  • Confirming the incident, EACC Mombasa boss Japheth Baithalu said the suspects will be arraigned on Thursday.

Detectives from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) on Wednesday arrested former Ugenya Member of Parliament Chris Karan over alleged forgery of election petition documents.

The ex-legislator was arrested at a Mombasa hotel by EACC sleuths from Nairobi and is expected to be charged alongside lawyer George Mugoya and Dr. George Oguna.

Confirming the incident, EACC Mombasa boss Japheth Baithalu said the suspects will be arraigned on Thursday.

According to the Nation, Mr. Karan will be charged with making a document without authority and uttering fake documents in the 2017 petition.

He is alleged to have forged a letter saying he had been hospitalized in order to be allowed by the court to file responses to the petition past due date.

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party member was in August 2017 elected Ugunja MP, beating out Movement for Democracy and Growth (MDG) founder David Ochieng’.

Mr. Ochieng however challenged the election citing electoral malpractices as well as smear campaigns against him by Mr. Karan.

Both the High Court and Court of Appeal nullified Mr. Karan’s win and ordered for a by-election where Mr. Ochieng’ emerged victor.

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