The Migori High Court last week upheld a lower court decision to jail for 15 years the Ntimaru East MCA Lukas Masa Hura over defilement charges.
Justice Anthony Murima dismissed an appeal by Hura to challenge the decision by the Rongo Magistrate Court that found him guilty in a judgment on January 9, 2015.
Hura is currently at Migori GK Prison which is just across the road from Migori County Assembly where his colleagues are sitting ahead of August 8 poll.
He has 14 days to appeal the court decision at the Appeals Court which is based in Kisumu to allow him to vie in the forthcoming general elections. Hura, who was elected on an ODM ticket, was found guilty of defiling a 13-year-old minor, a class six pupil at a local primary school, a crime he allegedly committed on May 11, 2014, at Ntimaru Town in Kuria East.
Hura was also been convicted to three months imprisonment or a fine of Sh10,000 after he was found guilty of escaping from lawful custody on the same day he was said to have committed the offence by the Rongo Magistrate Court.
The political nature of the case forced the prosecution to move the case to Rongo which is more than 100 kilometers the nearest law courts at Kehancha town.
The court heard that the suspect dragged the victim into a lodging identified as Sadam Bar and Restaurant at around 7pm where police from Ntimaru Police Station acting on a tip off found them.
The minor told the lower court she was sent to take charcoal and vegetables home by her mother before the MCA dragged her into a lodging.