Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya today walked out of a Butere Chief Magistrate’s Court a free man after the Butere Senior Resident Magistrate Felix Makoyo dismissed assault charges against him.
The Governor was accused of causing bodily harm to a neighbor, John Ojwang Waka in 2007, contrary to section 251 of the Penal Code CAP 63 of the Laws of Kenya, when he was Member of Parliament for Butere.
The Magistrate acquitted him under section 210 of the Penal Code for lack of evidence. The court found that the complainant was not a reliable witness as he gave conflicting testimony.
The Clinical Officer who issued the P3 Form to the complainant and the doctor who examined him confirmed that he did not suffer the alleged injuries. The court therefore found that the accused had no case to answer.
Governor Oparanya welcomed his acquittal saying he was very happy that the 10 year case, which he termed as political, had finally come to an end.
“I am very delighted that this day has finally come and I have been vindicated. This was pure politics considering that the case has been popping up every election cycle from 2013, 2017 and possibly 2022,” he beamed.
He thanked his legal team led by Dr. Ken Nyaundi and the County Attorney, Moses Sande for their able and well-reasoned defence.