The Peoples Empowerment Party candidate for Juja parliamentary seat George Koimburi has resurfaced after over three weeks in hiding.
Today, the Juja hopeful MP dismissed that he went underground and instead said he only switched his phone when physical campaigns were banned in the constituency to contain the spread of Covid-19.
“No one has ever come to my house looking for me. I only switched off my phone after physical campaigns were banned and I decided to wait for the by-election exercise without meeting the electorates physically,” he said.
Addressing journalists at Kenyatta Road, Koimburi who has on the police radar over allegations of forging academic papers however said he will not be deterred and will continue fighting for the position that fell vacant following the demise of Francis Munyua alias Wakapee who succumbed to a longstanding cancer illness.
He decried having grappled with a myriad of challenges since commencement of Juja campaigns among them being fought from all corners by persons who have allegedly been saying that President Uhuru Kenyatta has a preferred candidate in the constituency.
On matters of forgery allegations, Koimburi said he was irregularly served with orders demanding that he appear in court via social media but will honour the sermons without fear.
He said that he will appear before the Kiambu Law Courts without fail to answer to the charges and urged Juja residents to stay put he will not be cowed by the prevailing theatrics that he said have been orchestrated to stop his bid for the parliamentary position.
Koimburi faces three counts of forgery with regard to certificates allegedly issued by the Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) and the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).
He is accused of forging a Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and a bachelor’s degree certificate.
According to the charge sheet, between November and December 1994, with intent to deceive, he forged a Knec certificate serial number 2015684.
The hopeful MP is also accused that between September 2011 and April 2012, he forged a JKUAT certificate serial number JKU/KENET/EI/2011-2012/c6 alongside another charge of forging a JKUAT academic excellence certificate between 2011 and 2012.
The aspirant who failed to appear in court to take plea said he will appear on April 26 as directed by Kiambu Chief Magistrate Patricia Gichohi.
Despite not having been served with any formal notice requiring him to attend or appear in court, Koimburi in a letter written by Omenke Andeje and Co Advocates affirmed that he will appear without fail.
The MP is vying for the position alongside 10 more other candidates some of whom are independent while others are affiliated to various parties.
Among his competitors are 32-year-old Dr. Joseph Gichui, John Njoroge Mburu, Eunice Wanjiru, a relative to former Ruiru Mayor William Mugo, Kenn Gachuma, a businessman who worked under the late MP as the CDF Chairman between 2013 and 2015, businessman Zack Wang’ombe and the ruling Jubilee Party flagbearer Susan Njeri.
Others are Maendeleo Chap Chap’s Anthony Kirori, Zulu Thiong’o, and Moses Mwenda and Kariuki Chege.