NAIROBI, Kenya, May 11 – Muranga Governor Mwangi wa Iria will now face charges following a recommendation by Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko to prosecute him.
The Governor is alleged to have made a false statement under oath in the self-declaration form he submitted to the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) on December 11, 2012.
Iria was arrested last month by EACC detectives for ‘lying’ when he was cleared by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to run for the Muranga gubernatorial seat.
The Governor is accused 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.”
Iria is among the high level individuals being investigated over corruption allegations.
Though President Uhuru Kenyatta had urged all individuals mentioned in the corruption list to step aside, most of the elected officials have ignored his calls.
Iria is among a list of high ranking individuals listed in a corruption list released in March this year.