Team formed to probe ousted Murang’a Governor Mwangi Wa Iria

By: JEREMIAH KIPLANG’AT

Embattled Murang’a Governor Mwangi Wa Iria will now have an opportunity to defend himself after the Senate formed a team to investigate him after his impeachment.

The 11-man team will look into 20 allegations against the governor, which include gross violation of the Constitution, misappropriation of funds and abuse of office. The team has 10 days to hand in its report.

The accusations read out by Speaker Ekwee Ethuro are contained in an impeachment Motion.

Mr Ethuro said the county boss is expected to respond to claims of violation of the County Governments Act, the Public Finance Management Act and the Public Procurement and Disposal Act as provided for in the Constitution.

“The governor allowed misappropriation of funds by spending public money in private commercial entities. The report of the Auditor-General on financial operations of Murang’a for July 1 2013 to June 30 2014 shows the county executive contributed Sh28, 489, 800 to Murang’a Investment Cooperative Society,” said the motion.

Mr Wa Iria is also accused of failing to provide leadership, undermining the county assembly and attempting to create a monarchy in the county.

He is also accused of neglecting duty, employing ghost workers and appointing an officer rejected by the county assembly.

Senators termed the accusations serious but asked the committee investigating them to be impartial and objective.

Members of the investigating team picked yesterday are Billow Kerrow, Abu Chiaba, John Lonyangapuo, Muriuki Karue, Stephen Sang, Fatuma Dullo, Janet Ongera, David Musila, Catherine Mukite, Stewart Madzayo and Moses Kajwang’.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION