, NAIROBI, Kenya, July 8 – Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has moved to the High Court seeking orders to stop the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission from summoning him over graft allegations.
Mutua is accusing the anti graft body of acting at the behest of his political detractors when it launched a probe into procurement in the County.
Mutua had earlier defied summonses to appear at the EACC offices for a grilling session over allegations of irregular procurement of 16 vehicles for the County Assembly members.
He however wrote back to the commission demanding the particulars of the investigations saying he believed the matter was political.
He says the Transitional Authority is in charge and responsible for all procurements and general finance of the County Government, adding that he can’t be summoned to answer to complaints which he is not aware of.
Mutua claims that he has been informed by an employee of the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission that they had been tasked to find fault in him.
He says the inquiries were triggered by his political nemesis, Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama, and are meant to demean him politically and slow down development in his county.
EACC Communications Officer Yassin Amaro dismissed the allegations saying that Senator Muthama had no capacity to direct or influence investigations or any action by the Commission.
The petition which came before Justice Isaac Lenaola was certified urgent and the petitioner’s lawyer Wilfred Nyamu directed to serve the EACC, the Director of Public Prosecution and the Inspector General of Police.