EACC summons Wa Iria over scuffle at Thika home

February 5, 2016 5:15 pm
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Governor Wa Iria has since accused the EACC officials of mishandling him and his family members/FILE
Governor Wa Iria has since accused the EACC officials of mishandling him and his family members/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 5 – The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has now summoned Murang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria over last month’s scuffle at his home, where detectives were allegedly attacked by his supporters.

Wa Iria is required to appear before the commission on Monday next week to shed light on accusations of obstructing its officials from conducting their work.

The raid at his Thika home turned chaotic when a group of County Assembly Members and residents attempted to block detectives who were armed with a court order.

Governor Wa Iria has since accused the EACC officials of mishandling him and his family members.

READ: EACC detectives attacked at Mwangi wa Iria’s home

One of the detectives Francis Wambua told journalists that they were attacked while some of the documents they say had incriminating evidence against Wa Iria were snatched from them.

“We came with a search warrant, it was signed. We gave it to your representative Mr Njenga and as we proceeded to do the search to the five vehicles, the Governor said he is going to talk like a politician. He incited them and we were all beaten and everything taken,” Wambua said amid interruptions from the Governor and supporters.

“How can you incite people in your own house?” the Governor could be heard asking.

Wa Iria in a counter accusation accused the detectives of assault, saying he was mulling whether to take legal action against them.

He protested against how the investigators introduced themselves, how they carried out the search and linking it to the county politics.

“People came to my house with guns and actually said they can break in. Who is assaulting who? “he asked. “They forcefully took my phone and attempted to assault my wife.”

He went on to claim that the EACC detectives even harassed one of his kids who was going to school during the morning raid.

“I called the police thinking my house was under attack, I even thought the Al-Shabaab were here,” he said.

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