Muranga County Governor Mwangi wa Iria private Secretary James Mwangi with Iria’s Lawyer Ng’ang’a Mbugua (center)accompanied by governors supporters ,as they leaves Milimani law courts in a case which he is seeking to block EACC and Police from arresting and prosecuting him.
BY SAM ALFAN.
Muranga County Governor Mwangi wa Iria has moved to court through his Lawyer Ng’ang’a Mbugua seeking to stop his arrest and prosecution as ordered by the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko.
Through his Lawyer Ng’ang’a Mbugua the Governor is challenging the decision by Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko that ordered him and other Member of Parliament to be charged with corruption offences.
The application was placed before Justice Weldon Korir, who directed that the same be served upon the Ethics and Anti- Corruption Commission (EACC), the office of the DPP and Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet.
In his application, Iria argued that he was being charged three years after he was convicted and filed an appeal which is still pending.
Murang’a County’s Mwangi Wa Iria will be the first governor to be arraigned in court over corruption claims if justice Korir will not issue orders restraining his arrest.
This is after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) consented to recommendations by the anti-graft agency to prosecute them.
Nandi Hills Member of Parliament Alfred Keter and nominated MP Sonia Birdi will also be charged over claims of issuing threats to officials manning the Gilgil weighbridge in January.
They also risk losing their seats after EACC was directed to refer the matter to the National Assembly for disciplinary action and initiate appropriate mechanisms for their removal from office. Keter and Birdi caused a stir when they stormed the weighbridge station in January.
Keter accused officials at the station of ignoring telephone calls from senior government officials as he demanded the release of a lorry that had been impounded for exceeding the set axle-load limit and lacking valid paper work.
EACC says the incident at the Gilgil weighbridge bordered on criminality and has recommended that they be sanctioned since it violated Chapter Six of the Integrity Act.
Iria is alleged to have made a false statement under oath in the self-declaration form he submitted to the EACC on December 11, 2012.
Justice Korir directed the matter to be heard on Wednesday morning for inter parties and further directions.