DPP approves charges against former Muranga Governor Mwangi Wa Iria, his wife and other officials in KSh140 million graft probe

Former Murang’a Governor Mwangi Wa Iria, along with his wife Jane Waigwe Kimani and several county officials, are facing legal scrutiny. The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Renson Ingonga, has given the green light for them to be prosecuted in court for alleged involvement in procurement irregularities and conflicts of interest amounting to KSh140 million.

According to a statement from the Office of the DPP (ODPP), the decision to pursue charges against the suspects stems from an investigation conducted by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC). The investigation focused on purported procurement irregularities and conflicts of interest leading to the awarding of publicity tenders to M/S Top Image Media Consultancy Ltd by the Murang’a County Government during the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 financial years.

In addition to Wa Iria and his wife, others slated to be charged include Patrick Kagumu Mukuria, Jane Wanjiru Mbuthia, David Maina Kiama, David Maina Njeri, Solomon Mutura Kimani, and Peter Muturi Karanja.

The ODPP statement highlights that the individuals were implicated in procurement irregularities related to the awarding of publicity tenders to Top Image Media Consultants Limited and Value View Limited.

The DPP has recommended a range of charges against the suspects, including conspiracy to commit corruption, abuse of office, unlawful acquisition of public property, conflict of interest, dealing with suspect property, and money laundering.

The ODPP reassures the public of its dedication to fulfilling its constitutional mandate while upholding the rule of law and prioritizing the public interest, the administration of justice, and preventing the misuse of legal processes.