Former PS Thuita Mwangi, two others acquitted of Tokyo embassy scam

A Nairobi court says prosecutors had failed to prove the case against the accused.

Wednesday March 30 2016

Former Foreign Affairs PS Thuita Mwangi (right), former Kenya's ambassador to Libya Anthony Mwaniki Muchiri (centre) and the former charge d'affaires at Kenya Embassy in Tokyo Allan Mburu in a Nairobi court in March. PHOTO | PAUL WAWERU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

From left, former charge d'affaires at the Kenyan embassy in Tokyo Allan Mburu, former Kenya ambassador to Libya Anthony Mwaniki Muchiri and former Foreign Affairs PS Thuita Mwangi in a Nairobi court in March. PHOTO | PAUL WAWERU | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By VINCENT AGOYA
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Former Foreign Affairs permanent secretary Thuita Mwangi and two others have been acquitted of all charges in relation to the Tokyo embassy scam.

In making the ruling, a Nairobi court said the prosecution had failed to prove the case against the three.

The former PS had been charged alongside former ambassador to Libya Anthony Muchiri and former chargé d'affaires in Tokyo Allan Mburu.

They were charged with abuse of office in procuring the embassy and ambassador’s residence in Tokyo at a price of Sh1.4 billion, and for failing to involve the ministerial tender committee in approving the purchase.

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