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Uhuru poll chaos case due in 2010

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 18 – A case in which Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta is seeking to have his name expunged from a report linking him to post election violence has been pushed to February next year.

Justices Roselyn Wendo and Abida Ali-Aroni fixed the hearing dates on Wednesday when the case came up for mention.

The bench set February 8 as the hearing date. Mr Kenyatta has denied involvement in the skirmishes that left over 1,500 people dead and 600,000 displaced.

The Finance Minister moved to court in February seeking to quash a report by the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) linking him to post election violence.

The report claims that he participated or was involved in the said violence by funding organized gangs in Central Province.

But the Gatundu South MP says that he was denied a chance o defend himself before the Commission made the report.

He is accusing KNCHR of being unreasonable and applying double standards in the investigation because it gave other affected parties the right and opportunity to be heard and defend themselves.

Separately, a former magistrate was arraigned in court on Wednesday and charged with fraudulently obtaining Sh36 million.

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Abong Bildad Onango now a practicing lawyer, denied before Chief Magistrate Gilbert Mutembei that he obtained the monies from Don Ogollah Riaroh by falsely pretending that he was in a position to sell him a piece of land in Karen.

The offence was allegedly committed between April 2 and July 22 at Equity Bank Knut branch along Mfangano Street in Nairobi.

He also denied that between and July 8, 1993 and May 27 this year, jointly with others not before court with intent to defraud forged three certain provisional certificates of title purporting them to be genuine and issued by the registrar of titles.

The court was told that the sacked magistrate uttered the latter documents on October3, 2008 to Pamela Ager of Oraro & Company Advocates at ACK Gardens First Ngong Avenue in Nairobi.

He was remanded in custody pending further investigations. His case will be mentioned on Friday.


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