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George Koimburi, Juja’s parliamentary candidate, has been released on cash bail – KBC

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George Ndung’u Koimburi, a candidate for Juja’s parliamentary seat, has been released on Ksh 100,000 bail for allegedly forging academic documents.

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Koimburi was on Monday arraigned in Kiambu Magistrate’s Court where he pleaded not guilty to three counts of forgery.

A court hearing was held near Kiambu Chief Justice Patricia Gichohi when she heard that an arrest warrant had been issued against the accused on April 20 after failing to reach a request for her case.

The Juja seat candidate for the People’s Empowerment Party (PEP) ticket for Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria was represented by lawyers Cliff Ombeta, Irungu Kang’ata, and Geoffrey Omeke.

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According to the indictment, in November 1994, Koimburi obtained a Kenya Higher Education Certificate (KCSE) allegedly issued by the Kenya Examinations Council.

The second census read that in October 2011, at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), he forged a certificate of participation allegedly issued by the university while the third census stated that between 2011 and 2012 he forged a certificate of academic excellence. allegedly issued by JKUAT.

The defense attorney in the denial however alleged the malpractice in the charges leveled against their client noting that the matter dates back nearly three decades and that the defendants had contested the seat twice using the same relevant documents.

The prosecution led by Christine Mbevi did not oppose the bail application whereupon the Chief Justice adjourned the case for pre-trial hearing on May 10 when the parties will agree on a date for the hearing.

Addressing reporters after the session, Kang’ata and Kuria claimed that the charges against Koimburi were politically motivated and aimed at intimidating him and his supporters ahead of the by-elections.

Kuria also claimed that there was a conspiracy to manipulate Juja by-elections scheduled for May 18 and said he would contact foreign embassies to monitor the exercise.

The development of forgery came after Koimburi submitted the papers to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for approval.

At that time DCI was involved in the investigation after being informed that the documents he had submitted were forged.

The DCI document inspector also confirmed that the documents were not genuine.

KNEC and JKUAT wrote to DCI informing them that the documents submitted were not genuine.

“Candidate by the name of Ndungu George Koimburi did not register for the 1994 KCSE examination at Ekalakala Secondary School under the index 62001/013,” said part of a letter signed by the Acting CEO of KNEC, Mercy Karogo.

He stated in a letter to DCI dated April 12 a certified copy of the 1994 KCSE examination certificate submitted to KNEC so that the confirmation was not genuine.

JKUAT Registrar of Academic Affairs Dr. Esther Muoria for her part said in a letter dated March 22, 2021, the documents submitted were incorrect as there were no records showing Koimburi received the said certificates from the institution.

Juja’s parliamentary seat was vacant following the death of Francis Munyua Waititu ‘Wakapee’ which has attracted at least 13 strikers.

Among those who want to succeed the fallen MP, who was diagnosed with brain cancer, is his widow Susan Njeri Waititu.

Many hopefuls are looking for a Jubilee Party ticket, but some may be competing with the former Kanu ruling party, the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), the People’s Empowerment Party (PEP), and the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) affiliated with Deputy President William Ruto. .

The contestants include Lukas Mwaura, George Koimburi, Anthony Kirori, Ken Gachuma, Dorcas Wanjiru Chege, University don Naftaly Muiga Rugara, JM Kariuki, Eunice Wamugo, Joseph Gichui, Zack Nderitu, and Moses Mwenda.

By-elections are scheduled for May 18.

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