Nakuru West Member of Parliament Samuel Arama is back in the anti-corruption dragnet after the Anti-Corruption Court ordered the MP, who was acquitted of graft charges in 2019, be placed on his defence.
Justice James Wakiaga said that the ruling that Arama, and his two co-accused had no case to answer, “erred both in law and fact” when the Magistrates court arrived at the decision to acquit the three. MP Arama was acquitted alongside Charles Birundu and Kennedy Onkoba while two other suspects, Muiru Mwaura and Daniel Nyantika, were put on their defence
However, Justice Wakiaga on May 20 ruled the trio be put on their defence. Wakiaga there was adequate evidence presented before the court which would have warranted putting the accused persons on their defence. The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) had appealed the ruling to acquit the accused. Justice Wakiaga allowed his appeal and ordered that the accused be placed on their defence ruling that the burden of proof by the DPP is on a balance of probability and not reasonable doubt.
The judge said the trio should explain how a land title was registered in Arama’s name. In June 2018, the MP and was arrested following investigations by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) sleuths and charged with several corruption offences among them, abuse of office, fraudulent acquisition of land in Nakuru and conspiracy to defraud a businessman.
Arama is said to have conspired with four others to defraud Ahmed Muhammad Nisar by means of dispossessing him a plot of land between August 3,2015 and August 11,2015