In Summary
  • Due to his leadership style, Mr Arama, who is serving his second term, has won praise and criticism over the years.
  • In 2015, the 58-year-old MP was accused of assaulting a voter in his constituency and knocking off his two teeth.
  • Days before his arrest, Mr Arama had survived a petition filed by his ODM rival, Dr Isoe Ochoki, to retain the seat.

Nakuru Town West MP Samuel Arama, who was on Monday charged with conspiracy to defraud in a Nairobi court, is not new to controversy in a region known as the hotbed of Kenyan politics.

Due to his leadership style, Mr Arama, who is serving his second term, has won praise and criticism over the years.

In 2015, the 58-year-old lawmaker was accused of assaulting a voter in his constituency and knocking off his two teeth, for the man’s "big headedness".

The complainant, Mr Richard Moseti, claimed to have been summoned to Kaptembwa police station only to find the agitated MP who accused him of inciting the youth against the him.

COURT BATTLE

In July last year, the MP who had been involved in a court battle with Family Bank over a Sh3 million loan lost his bid to stop the auction of a 0.15-hectare piece of land in order to recover the loan.

The land was registered under the name of his wife Florence Masita and had been used as collateral to secure the loan.

Environment and Lands Court Judge Dalmas Ohungo, in a ruling delivered on July 27, noted that the application filed by Mr Arama in June 2016 had not established sufficient grounds and dismissed it.

Justice Ohungo dismissed claims by the MP that the bank failed to issue a notice to his wife.

Justice Ohungo said Ms Masita was duly served and declined to restrain the bank from disposing of the suit land despite the differences in amounts owed to the bank.

SELLING LAND

The judge, however, noted that the bank could be stopped from selling the land if the MP pays the loan.

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