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Ex-Nyandarua Governor Mwangi due in court over fraud

EACC detectives together with a contingent of armed police officers failed to arrest Waithaka on Wednesday night at his private school in Nyahururu Town/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 27 – Former Nyandarua Governor Daniel Waithaka Mwangi is set to be arraigned in court on Friday over a fraudulent Sh50 million water and sewerage tender.

The governor and two other county officials will be charged with abuse of office and breach of procurements laws.

They spent Thursday night at Central Police Station in Nyeri.

The former governor was arrested after presenting himself at the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) offices in Nyeri.

The investigations established that the County Government of Nyandarua unlawfully awarded Tahal Consulting Engineers Limited a tender to undertake the development of county water master plan, design and review of the Ol Kalou Town Sewerage System, and unlawfully paid more than Sh50 million to the entity.

It is said that the contract was issued in 2014 when the county did not have a plan or requisite funds to undertake the project.

Further, a statement from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions indicated that the company had not been incorporated by the time of issuing the contract as it was registered two years after the award.

Tahal Consulting Engineers is said to have received full payment in two instalments with the initial payment of Sh23.8 million being made on July 2014 while the second of Sh26.5 million was settled in September 2015.

Those still at large include John Ngigi Daniel and Jesse Wachira Mwangi, both Nyandarua County Government officers and Chen Yochanan Ofer together with Albert Attias of Tahal Consulting Engineers.

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EACC detectives together with a contingent of armed police officers failed to arrest Waithaka on Wednesday night at his private school in Nyahururu Town.

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