A member of Kirinyaga County Assembly (MCA) was on Wednesday charged with forgery and fraud.
Wamumu Ward MCA, John Babtist Kanga, who is a fierce critic of Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru was charged with four counts of forging land documents in an alleged bid to defraud four families of their parcels of land worth millions of shillings.
The prosecutor told the court that on December 1, 2013, Kanga while at Wanguru township in Kirinyaga and jointly with Samson Theiru, forged an allotment letter for Plot No. Wanguru/160 purporting to have been issued by Commisioner of Lands, Nairobi.
The duo also faced charged of making an allotment letter for the same plot purporting to be genuine document.
Further, the prosecutor charged them with false and fraudulent representation at the Kerugoya Registrar when they presented the document to the officer to sign and execute the certificate.
The MCA pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The prosecution informed the court it is ready to start hearing and that it has lined up 11 witnesses to give evidence against the MCA.
Should he be found guilty, the Wamumu MCA faces four years in prison.
The MCA was in the limelight for shaving his long hair immediately after the County Assembly impeached Governor Waiguru.
Kanga told the media that shaving his hair was a symbolic act that indicated the end of the Waiguru era.
However, the MCAs could not prove their case against the governor before the Senate Special Committed formed to probe the allegations against Waiguru.
According to information published on the Kirinyaga County Assembly website, Kanga holds a Masters in Philosophy and Religious Studies from the Catholic University.
He also holds three bachelor’s degrees, two from the City College in the United Kingdom, and the third from Catholic Univerity.
His degrees are in divinity, computer science and law.
Currently, he serves as the chairperson of the Agriculture, Livestock, Veterinary, and Fisheries Committee.