The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji on Friday, September 4, approved the prosecution of Tharaka Nithi Governor Onesmus Muthomi Njuki, and 16 other individuals.
In a statement, the DPP stated they had acquired enough evidence against the county officials and related entities over the irregular award of the Ksh34.9 million solid waste project.
“I am satisfied that there is sufficient evidence to support the various charges under the anti-corruption and economic crimes Act, 2013 and proceeds of crime and anti-money laundering act.
“I direct that the suspects be apprehended and arraigned in court to face various charges against them,” he stated.
“Westomaxx Investments limited installed an incinerator at the county government of Tharaka Nithi which they had procured from Generation Electronic & Allied Company Limited, a company associated with the Governor,” read the statement in part.
He added that the incinerator was imported to Kenya by the company at a cost of Ksh3,879,945.
Haji further noted that fraud at the County government was perpetrated by the county officials at the procurement department and finance department who disregarded the procurement laws and procedures.
Also facing arrest are Chief Officer Environment and Natural resources Fridah Muthoni Murungi, Acting Director – Procurement Floridah Kiende Nywigah, Finance Officers Highton Muriithi Njue and Teresia Kagoji Mburia.
The Directors Westomaxx Investment limited and Kenstar electricals and Hardware Limited Kenneth Muguiya and Caroline Sheila Wambua as well as the Directors of Generation Electronics and Allied Company David Mbugua Mwangi and Margaret Muthoni Mugweru: and Allan Muriithi Gitonga – Director, Gentech Suppliers Limited.
The order comes hours after the arrest of Lari MP Jonah Mburu Mwangi and four officials over abuse of office and embezzlement of public funds.
Mwangi is suspected to have swindled money slated for the National Government Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF), worth Ksh 27 million.
Similarly in the past few days, the DPP has approved the prosecution of Migori Governor Okoth Obado and Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa over graft allegations.
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Police in Meru County are investigating the shooting of a prominent lawyer known for filing cases against common injustices by government agencies.
This comes after protests were witnessed in Maua on Thursday morning, as lawyers abandoned their tools of trade to seek justice for one of their own following the incident. The placards were loud, telling a worrying trend in the town. Learn more……….