Ugandan in Ababu’s election petition arrested for illegally voting on August 8

Former Budalang'i MP Ababu Namwamba.

A Ugandan witness in former Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba’s petition against the election of MP Raphael Wanjala has been arrested.

The witness was arrested by police in Busia town after confessing that he is in possession of a Kenyan Identity Card and also participated in the 8th August General Elections.

The incident came barely 24 hours after another drama unfolded when Ababu supporters engaged court orderlies in a fist fight protesting an order by Judge Kiarie Waweru to order the arrest of another Ugandan witness Moses Hasede for being in possession of a Kenyan ID.

Judge Waweru said the Kenyan ID card of the Ugandan witness should be confiscated for giving false information to the court while being cross examined by lawyer James Orengo and his IEBC counterpart Henry Kenei.

On Tuesday, Waweru ordered for the arrest and detention of Victor Wanyama and investigations launched against his confessions while testifying before action is taken against him.

“The witness should be arrested and put in custody for admitting that he acquired a Kenyan national Identification Card illegally and even participated in the August 8th General elections by voting at the Port Victoria town hall in Budalang’i constituency,” the judge ordered.

Orengo raised concern to the Judge over the disappearance of another Ugandan witness, a one Hasede who was arrested on Monday by police facing similar offense but managed to escape from the security officers.

He also accused the witnesses from Uganda for allegedly fabricating their evidence in the petition against Wanjala besides purporting that they do not know how to read and write yet they signed their affidavits.

“I am shocked that the witness Victor Oduor Wanyama had a Kenyan ID which had not been signed according to the law yet alleging that he appeared before registrar persons in somebody’s house” Orengo said.

Among those who testified was the brother to Ababu Professor Tom Namwamba.

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