DPP okays Prosecution of ODM candidate on election day

The Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji has approved the prosecution of ODM candidate for Ugenya constituency by-election,Chris Karan.

The EACC had earlier written to Haji seeking advice to institute legal proceedings against the politician. 

The commission accused Karan of forging a letter used in his election petition.

The Supreme Court of Kenya had on December 2018 nullified Karan’s election and ordered the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to conduct fresh elections in the constituency.

This comes as Ugenya constituents go to the ballot to elect a new MP and Karan is the ODM candidate. 

The by-election kicked off with reports of violence at one of the polling stations. 

Area police boss Willy Simba confirmed that 3 suspects were arrested in connection to the incident. 

He said that the accused persons were caught “with deadly weapons and are chief suspects in an incident where a voter was severely slashed almost to death around Udira Kamrembo polling station.”

Chris Karan pointed fingers at his opponents and accused them of intimidation. 

“We had an incident where a person was hurt and fortunately enough, we were able to catch up with the vehicle which was carrying the thugs. He was arrested and was taken to the police station. As I am speaking [sic], the suspect is at the Ukwala Police Station,” he stated.

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