Graft case against Governor Wa Iria transferred to Murang’a

Graft case against Governor Wa Iria transferred to Murang'a

A case seeking to stop the re-election of Muranga Governor, Mwangi wa Iria, over unresolved myriad corruption allegations will now be heard at the Murang’a High Court.

The directions were issued by Justice John Mativo.

In a short ruling, Justice Mativo said that the court cannot go against the High Court rules and therefore directed the file be transferred to Murang’a for further directions.

The court further directed that the case be placed before the Muranga duty judge for mention on the 16th of June this year.

Rule 8 (1) states that: “Every case shall be instituted within the local limits of the jurisdiction where the alleged violation took place provided that the High Court.”

In the case, a voter, Jackson Kiroko Ndegwa, claims there is real and present danger in allowing Wa Iria to defend his seat in spite of his integrity which is still being questioned.

According to the petitioner, the governor fails to meet the constitutional threshold on Leadership and Integrity under Chapter Six following the unresolved claims touching on his integrity.

The voter is asking the court to direct the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to investigate and institute criminal proceedings against Wa Iria for corruption and abuse of office.

Ndegwa also wants the EACC to furnish the court with the progress, status of investigations and recommendations on Wa Iria’s integrity.

Also sought is an order restraining him from contesting and a declaration that it would be unconstitutional for any State organ to clear him.

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