A Migori MCA who claimed to have been poisoned at a high end hotel was charged at a Migori with two counts of providing false information and Conspiracy to defeat justice.
South Kanyamkago MCA Graham Kagali and one of his key witnesses Duncan Owino Oluoch denied the charges when they appeared before Migori magistrate Dickson Onyango.
Mr Kagali was arrested on Saturday at Migori Police station by detectives when he went to intervene for Mr Owino who had earlier been arrested.
The two were released on Sh 150,000 each and two sureties of similar amounts with hearing scheduled for June 23rd 2020.
Lawyers Sam Onyango and Kerario Mwita who represented Mr Kagali said they would “pursue justice for their client to its logical conclusion.”
On March 27th 2020 the MCA was rushed to Akidiva Memorial hospital after he complained of stomach problems.
According to the MCA, he had taken poisoned tea at a Migori hotel before developing the complications.
He reported the matter accusing senior politicians in the county for orchestrating the poisoning scheme.
But on Saturday, detectives investigating the matter arrested him and held him in police custody before releasing him on a Sh 50,000 police bond.
County CID boss Mr NJeru Nyaga said they pressed charges against the MCA after the office of the Director Of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) established the claims were malicious.
But Mr Kagali maintained that the arrest were aimed to hoodwink him into withdrawing his earlier poisoning case.
Mr Kagali had been banned from attending assembly sessions last month alongside other four colleagues, move he said might have occasioned his alleged poisoning.
By Basil Okoth