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Othaya politician spends night in police custody

22 April 2014, 11:24 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - A 36-year-old man whose aspirations to be Othaya MP were cut short by the electoral commission spent nights at the cold floors of King’ng’o prison over allegations of committing an electoral offence.

David Kimengere Waititu was arraigned on charges of printing campaign posters informing electorates that he was a candidate in the upcoming Othaya mini-polls.

He is said to have committed the electoral offence on April 1, 2014 at Kagicha Trading Centre in Chinga ward.

It is alleged that Kimengere published the campaign posters to the effect that he was one of the candidates to vie for the Othaya MP seat in the by-election, with intention to unlawfully influence the process of the said elections.

However, appearing before Othaya resident magistrate Kibet Langat, Kimengere denied the charges and asked the court to release him on bond.

He was issued a KES 500 000 bond with a similar surety, an amount that he could not raise immediately.

His relatives produced a land title deed which could not be authenticated since the said land was in Nanyuki prompting the police to do a search of the document before being processed at the court registry.

Kimengere wanted to vie for the seat on United Democratic Forum (UDF) party ticket but the party revoked his candidature.

The electoral commission declined to clear him for the seat following a letter from the UDF party CEO, Petronilla Were stating that Kimengere had been informed that the party would not field a candidate in Othaya.

He however said he had paid KES 35 000 to the party so as to be issued with a nomination certificate.

In the 2013 general elections, Kimengere, who works as a hawker in Nairobi, came seventh with 112 votes.

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