Homes of Governor Iria, aides searched by EACC

January 21, 2016 10:30 am
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EACC's Corporate Communications boss Kairichi Marimba says the searches are in connection with investigations on the Governor but he has not given further details/FILE
EACC’s Corporate Communications boss Kairichi Marimba says the searches are in connection with investigations on the Governor but he has not given further details/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 21 – Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission detectives carried out a coordinated raid on Murang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria’s home in Thika and those of his associates in Murang’a, Nairobi and Kiambu on Thursday morning.

It was not immediately clear what the raid was in regard to, but the Governor was in April last year taken into custody by EACC detectives for lying to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission when he sought clearance to contest the Murang’a gubernatorial seat.

READ: Murang’a governor arrested by EACC over ‘lies’

He also faced impeachment last year after the Murang’a County Assembly passed a motion recommending to the Senate, his removal from office.

The assembly sought his removal on the grounds that he had entered the county into unreasonable debt. “I rise to move this motion on the following grounds: lack of accountability for the use of county resources by incurring unsustainable debts to the tune of Sh2.5 billion,” the sponsor of the impeachment motion, nominated County Assembly Representative Mary Waithira-Wamauwa, said.

She also accused Iria of flouting the law on procurement and management of public funds and set expenditure ceilings. She also cited the Auditor General’s queries over Sh28 million allocated to the Murang’a Investment Co-operative Society, to make her case.

READ: Murang’a MCAs approve impeachment of Governor Iria

Iria however survived impeachment after the Senate found that the accusations levelled against him did not meet the threshold set out in law.

READ: Wa Iria survives as Senate dismisses his impeachment

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