Former Ugenya MP arrested for forgery of election petition documents

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Former Ugenya MP Christopher Karan has been arrested for alleged forgery of election petition documents.

The Mombasa Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission boss, Japhet Baithalu, told Nation Breaking that the ex-lawmaker forged a hospital letter in order to be allowed to respond to an election petition past the deadline.

The petition had been filed by his rival in the 2017 elections and now the Ugenya MP, David Ochieng’.

The former Ugenya MP was reported to have sworn an affidavit on September 23, 2017 claiming he was admitted at Alfarooq Hospital from September 6 to 13, 2017. Karan claimed he had a fever and was vomiting which turned out to be dengue fever.

The hospital’s director, Dr Salauhddin Farooqui, denied ever having such a patient during that period.

“We hereby confirm that the above referred Christopher Odhiambo Karan was not admitted in our health facility. The attached letter presented by him was not issued from our facility,” Daily Nation quoted a letter from the hospital’s director.

After investigations, EACC also discovered that Karan was neither admitted in the hospital nor sick.

The EACC then wrote a letter to the Director of Public Prosecution, Noordin Hajji, recommending that he be prosecuted.

DPP Hajji agreed that Karan be prosecuted with “forgery, uttering false document, perjury and providing misleading information in breach of the Leadership and Integrity Act”.

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