EACC wants former Murang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria, 7 others charged over Ksh140M tender

By , K24 Digital
On Mon, 15 Apr, 2024 20:41 | 2 mins read
Former Murang'a Governor Mwangi wa Iria
Former Murang'a Governor Mwangi wa Iria. PHOTO/Governor Mwangi Wa Iria/Facebook

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has ordered former Murang'a Governor Mwangi Wairia, his spouse Jane Waigwe Kimani, and six other suspects to surrender over a Ksh140 million tender.

The anti-graft watchdog has ordered the suspects to surrender at the EACC headquarters at Integrity Centre for processing in relation to the graft charges they are facing.

They are required to appear on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, at 8:00 am.

"The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) received a complaint in regard to allegations of procurement irregularities and conflict of interest in the award of publicity tenders by the County Government of Murangia to M/s. Top Image Media Consultancy Ltd at a cost of Ksh140,000,000 during the Financial Year 2014/2015 and 2015/2016," EACC said.

"Upon conclusion of the investigations, EACC submitted the investigation report to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) who upon independent review concurred with the Commission's recommendation to charge the following officers."

The officers, named by EACC, include Patrick Kagumu Mukuda (former county secretary) Jane Wanjiru Mbuthia (Director, M/s. Top Image Media Consultancy Ltd), David Maina Kiama (Director, M/s. Top Image Media Consultancy Ltd), David Maina Njeri (Director, M/s. Top Image Media Consultancy Ltd), Jane Waigwe Kimani (Director, M/s. Value View Ltd), Solomon Mutura Kimani (Director. M/s. Value View Ltd) and Peter Muturi Karanja, a personnel assistant to wa Iria.

Charges against wa Iria

EACC wants wa Iria and his co-accused to be charged with conspiracy to commit an offence of corruption contrary to section 47a (3) as read with section 48 of the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act, 2011, abuse of office contrary to section 46 as read with section 48 of the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act no 3 of 2003 and unlawful acquisition of public property contrary to Section 45)1)(a) as read with Section 48(1), of the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act No. 3 of 2003.

The anti-corruption commission also wants them charged with conflict of interest contrary to section 42(3) as read with section 48 of the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act, 2003, dealing with suspect property contrary to section 47(2)(a) as read with sections 47)1) and 48 of the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act, 2003 and money laundering contrary to section 3 as read with section 16 of the Proceeds of Crime and Anti-Money Laundering Act Cap 59b Laws of Kenya.

"The commission hereby directs all the above-named persons to report to EACC Headquarters located at the Integrity Centre Building, or the nearest EACC regional office, by Tuesday, 16 April 2024, 8:000 am, without fail," EACC added.

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