Murang’a MPs divided over Governor Wa Iria’s arrest

Kigumo MP Jamleck Kamau said Wa Iria should not blame other leaders for his woes.

Wednesday March 16 2016

President Uhuru Kenyatta shakes hands with

President Uhuru Kenyatta shakes hands with Murang'a Governor Mwangi wa Iria at the funeral service for the late former MP George Mwicigi in Gatanga on March 15, 2016. MPs who spoke at the funeral were divided over the recent arrest of Mr Wa Iria by EACC officers at the Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi. PHOTO | COURTESY | PSCU 

By MUCHIRI GITONGA
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MPs from Murang’a County were Monday divided over the arrest of Governor Mwangi wa Iria by anti-graft agency officers.

Some leaders, who spoke at the burial of former assistant minister George Mwicigi at his home in Gaitegi, Gatanga constituency on Monday faulted the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) officers for the way they carried out the arrest while others felt the governor should carry his own cross.

“When one is arrested by the EACC over graft let him carry his own cross. We must support the President in the war on graft without politicising it,” Kigumo MP Jamleck Kamau told mourners.

He said the governor should not blame other leaders for his woes.

Kandara’s Alice Wahome said the EACC and the Judiciary were only doing their work.

“You have seen in news alerts that Murang’a, Bomet and Embu lead in corruption and all we are being asked for is to be accountable in managing public resources,” Ms Wahome said.

ACT ON OTHER CASES

However, Kangema MP Tirus Ngahu said while corruption must be fought vigorously, it was wrong to accost the governor in hospital.

“You cannot arrest a governor that way when there other cases higher up that have not been acted upon.

“We cannot have selective justice and as Murang’a residents we are not happy,” Mr Ngahu said.

He asked why similar action had not been taken against Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho after defying orders to surrender his guns.

County Woman Representative Sabina Chege said the governor deserved some respect even if he is to be charged.

Maragua’s Kamande Mwangi and Gatanga’s Humphrey Njuguna avoided the issue.

Mr Wa Iria, who was at the funeral service that was attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta, also avoided talking about the matter.

He said he was busy tackling the challenges Mr Mwicigi set out to fight, especially in dairy farming, horticulture and provision of piped water.

Scores of politicians and religious leaders led by Catholic Archbishop Peter Kairo eulogised Mr Mwicigi as a development-conscious and friendly leader whose legacy touched thousands of lives in Murang’a and beyond.

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