MURANGA Governor Mwangi wa Iria has been arrested by EACC detectives over electoral offence after he failed to declare that he had been convicted for allegedly issuing a bouncing cheque before the 2013 general elections.
According to his lawyer John Ng’ang’a, Wairia was arrested for “lying” when he was cleared by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to contest the gubernatorial seat.
He allegedly indicated he had never been convicted of any offence and sentenced to serve imprisonment for a period of at least six years. He indicated in the IEBC forms that he had not been convicted whereas he had earlier on been fined Sh400,000 in a case he had been charged with issuing a Sh200,000 bouncing cheque before he vied for the gubernatorial post.
But his lawyer said the matter was dispensed by High Court judge justice Isaac Lenaola who dismissed a case in, which some voters in Muranga County had tried to block his bid for the sit. “The Judge ruled in our favour and dismissed the matter. That is how he became a governor,” said Nganga.
Mwangi Wa Iria, the governor of Murangâ€™a County rode into power on two pledges; to put money into peopleâ€™s pockets and to better the grade of students in the County.
To meet these pledges, he sourced the expertise of Deloitte and Touch firm who drew a 1 year strategic plan. This plan was fed into the Countyâ€™s 5-year strategic plan. Agriculture and Education were given highest priority.
In agriculture, last year, the governor invested Ksh 50 million in fertiliser and seed subsidy. This is in addition to the fertiliser subsidy offered by the national government.
The county subsidy targets 6,500 farmers. It is also used in the acquisition of several drought resistant crops such as Soya, sweet potato and Katumani beans to be planted in the semi-arid areas of the county.
He has also invested Ksh 200 million in an irrigation scheme covering 1000 acres that is to benefit 10,000 farmers. This scheme will focus on growing of rice and horticultural crops. It is envisioned that the county shall be able to produce enough for its own consumption but more importantly for sale to other counties.