GOVERNOR OF KENYA’S MUANG’A COUNTY ARRESTED

The governor of the central Kenya county of Murang’a, Mwangi wa Iria, has been arrested by Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) officers for obstruction during a raid at his home in Thika in neighbouring Kiambu County.

Wa Iria was arrested Monday while he was driving to Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi to visit a patient. He was arrested in connection with allegations of causing an obstruction during a raid on his home in Thika by anti-corruption agency officers.

The governor is being held at Integrity Centre here and is expected to be arraigned in court on Tuesday. He has claimed that the alleged woes are politically driven.

In January, EACC officials raided his home in search of evidence linking him to graft allegations.

The governor’s supporters stormed the home, roughed up officials and confiscated documents that were in the hands of the EACC officials.

Wa Iria last year survived impeachment after the Senate declared that the accusations against him did not meet the threshold for impeachment.

The governor was facing charges of abuse of office, misappropriation of county funds and violation of the Constitution, the Public Finance Management Act and the Public Procurement and Oversight Act. –

Source: KBC