A candidate in the upcoming Juja Constituency by-election has been charged at a Kiambu court for an offense he allegedly committed in the year 1994.
George Koimburi, a candidate of People’s Empowerment Party was on Monday, April 26, charged for allegedly forging academic documents of the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) 27 years ago.
Court papers stated that between November and December 1994, Koimburi forged a KNEC certificate.
He was arrested after the Officer Commanding Station for Kiambu was ordered by the Kiambu Court to arrest and produce Koimburi in court after he failed to appear in court on April 14.
However, according to a section of Tanga Tanga politicians, Kiomburi’s arrest was orchestrated by politicians opposing Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto’s journey to statehouse in the forthcoming General Election.
Led by Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata and Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria, Koimburi has been harassed for his support of Willaim Ruto.
“Tanga Tanga candidate in Juja Mr. Koimburu has received lots of tribulation from the state. Today he was charged in court for an offence he allegedly committed in 1994. I was in Kiambu law courts with Cliff Ombeta to represent him,” said Kang’ata.
Kang’ata however assured their supporters that Koimburi, who was released on Ksh 100,000 bond over forged academic documents, will be on the ballot.
“To me, this case is clearly political. We shall fight and the people of Juja should not be intimidated. I am assuring them that Koimburi will be on the ballot and we shall continue supporting Deputy president William Ruto,’’ he said.
Juja parliamentary seat was declared vacant following the death of Francis Munyua Waititu, popularly known as Wakapee who died after a long battle with brain cancer.
The by-election is slated for May 18 according to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).