Murang’a governor arrested by EACC over ‘lies”

April 1, 2015 1:16 pm
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According to his lawyer John Ng’ang’a, wa Iria was arrested for lying when he sought clearance by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to contest the gubernatorial seat in 2013/FILE
According to his lawyer John Ng’ang’a, wa Iria was arrested for lying when he sought clearance by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to contest the gubernatorial seat in 2013/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 1 – Murang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria was on Wednesday arrested by Ethics and Anti-Corruption detectives in his office before being driven to Integrity Centre offices for questioning.

According to his lawyer John Ng’ang’a, wa Iria was arrested for allegedly lying when he was cleared by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to contest the gubernatorial seat.

EACC accuses the Governor of, “deceiving and knowingly misleading the Commission contrary to section 46(1) of the Leadership and Integrity Act, 2012; and giving false information in a declaration to the commission contrary to Section 46(1) (d) of the leadership and Integrity Act No. 19 of 2012.”

He said the matter has since been resolved in court and dismissed.

“What they are following is something that a voter went to court to challenge my nomination by my party saying I do not meet the requirement of Chapter 6 of the Constitution,” he stated.

“They are pursuing a matter that was executed in a court of law in my favour and damages were awarded.”

The Governor is expected back at Integrity centre for further interrogation on April 10.

“Once the investigations are finalised, the commission will recommend appropriate action to the Director of Public prosecutions,” read a statement by EACC.

Wa Iria arrived at the EACC offices sandwiched between detectives after being arrested at his Murang’a office in a move which he told reporters was calculated to embarrass him.

“They put me in this Land Rover so that the whole world can see me,” he told reporters when he was driven into Integrity Centre.

After more than one hour, the Governor was released after recoding a statement over the issues he termed as political and meant to derail his development agenda.

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