Former MP: Orengo accused Uhuru and I of killing Msando - Nairobi News
11 months ago, 7 Dec 16:40
Former Ugenya MP David Ochieng on Wednesday told a Kisumu Court that the ODM brigade accused him of conniving with President Uhuru Kenyatta to murder the late former electoral commission ICT manager Chris Msando. The former legislator said that the opposition leaders said they would do that to allow them (Uhuru and Ochieng) rig the elections. He, however, maintained that he was not involved in the murder. His link to the murder of Mr Msando, Mr Ochieng said, was part of a spirited smear campaign by the Orange party led by Senator James Orengo, to turn the voters against him ahead of the August Elections. Mr Ochieng said this was against the elections code of conduct which did not allow candidates to use abusive language of spread false information against each other verbally or using supporters. DEFECTED FROM ODM He was defending his Ugenya parliamentary seat then, under the Movement for Democracy and Growth (MDG) party having defected from ODM. “This was part of the smear campaign in ODM’s desperate attempts in gaining sympathy out of a heinous act of murder,” said Mr Ochieng. Testifying before High Court Judge Lady Justice Tripsisa Cherere, the former Ugenya MP said: “This was the lowest moment of my campaign.” Mr Msando went missing on Friday July 28. His grey Land Rover Discovery was found behind the Thika Road Mall on the Thika Superhighway while his body was found at Nguriunditu, Kikuyu off Waiyaki Way about 2km from the main road. Residents said the body was picked up by police at 10am on Saturday. His death was highly linked to rigging claims prior and after the polls. ELECTION PETITION CASE The former legislator was testifying in an election petition case he has filed contesting the election of the current Ugenya MP Christopher Karani. In the August election, Mr Karani won after garnering 23, 765 votes against Mr Ochieng’s 23, 418, a margin of 347 votes. He pointed out that the death of Msando, who was also from Ugenya, shook the constituency and nation. “Being he held an important position especially IT which was vital in the elections, it was believed that whoever killed him wanted to rig the elections,” said Mr Ochieng. Mr Ochieng said on August 1, Mr Karani had gone to condole with the late Msando’s family at their home where the utterances linking him to the death of former IEBC staff was made. When he heard this from one of his supporters who was at the home, he said he drove to the home where he expressed his plea, condoled with the family and offered his assistance. He pointed out that he never encountered any hostility. The former legislator said he was never even called by police to record a statement in connection with the alleged murder. JUBILEE MOLE Mr Ochieng also told the court that he was called a Jubilee mole and that the six piece campaign was a bid to turn the voters hostile towards him for contesting on ...