Former PS Thuita Mwangi launches gubernatorial bid


Former permanent Secretary in the ministry of foreign affairs Thuita Mwangi has announced interest in the Laikipia County gubernatorial seat.

Mwangi now joins a list of ballooning Jubilee aspirants warming up to oust the incumbent governor, Joshua Irungu.

Others in the race include; former industrialization assistant minister Nderitu Muriithi, Laikipia County Deputy Governor Kabugi Gitonga, former Laikipia County Secretary John Mwaniki and prominent businessman Mburu Kamau.

The former PS launched his candidature at a luncheon where he hosted professionals and the county business community.

Thuita prioritized alleviating youth unemployment and leveraging on natural resources endowment of Laikipia County on his leadership agenda.

Speaking at the luncheon, the career civil servant sought to clear himself from the Japan Embassy Corruption Scandal.

Although he was acquitted of the Ksh1.4 billion corruption case involving the procurement of the Tokyo Embassy, the matter has kept on arising wherever he meets people in his consultative meetings.

Thuita was charged in 2013 alongside Charge d’affaires at the Kenyan Embassy in Tokyo, Allan Mburu, and Ambassador Anthony Muchiri.

They were facing charges of abuse of office and willful failure to comply with procurement laws in the purchase of Kenyan Embassy in Tokyo, but they were all acquitted of all charges.

Mwangi urged Laikipia residents to ignore the matter, saying there are more issues of public interest to concentrate on.

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