UPDATE Wednesday September 9: Tharaka Nithi Governor Muthomi Njuki has been released on Ksh6 million cash bail.
Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti further barred him and other officials from accessing the county offices until the case is heard and determined.
In his ruling, Ogoti revealed he had considered the seriousness of the offence and the submissions by the defence on bail.
He also noted that of late corruption has evolved from hundreds of shillings to millions yet there are no proper guidelines on cash bail relating to that.
UPDATE 08/09/20 12.34:Tharaka Nithi Governor Muthomi Njuki, co-accused to spend another night in custody pending bail ruling in Sh 34.9 M graft case, court rules.
UPDATE Tuesday September 8: Tharaka Nithi Governor Muthomi Njuki and 16 others have pleaded not guilty to corruption-related charges.
The accused, who appeared before Milimani Law Court, are charged over alleged embezzlement of Ksh34m in flawed tender.
Tharaka Nithi Governor Muthomi Njuki on Monday morning September 7 surrendered to the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC), according to reports.
Citizen Digital was first to report that Njuki arrived at Integrity House, EACC headquarters, in Nairobi for processing after Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji ordered his arrest on Friday, September 4.
Reports on Sunday, September 6, indicated that the Governor had gone into hiding.
DPP Haji on Friday ordered for Governor Njuki’s arrest alongside 16 other individuals.
In a statement, the DPP stated his office had acquired enough evidence against the county officials and related entities over irregular awarding of the Ksh34.9 million solid waste project.
“I am satisfied that there is sufficient evidence to support the various charges under the anti-corruption and economic crimes Act, 2013 and proceeds of crime and anti-money laundering act.
“I direct that the suspects be apprehended and arraigned in court to face various charges against them,” he stated.
The DPP revealed that the company that had submitted fraudulent documents won the tender.
DPP Noordin Haji has approved the prosecution of Tharaka Nithi Governor Onesmus Muthomi Njuki, County Officials and related entities over irregular award of Ksh 34.9 million solid waste project.#AntiCorruption_ODPP pic.twitter.com/i2PhHa8BLB
— Office of The Director Of Public Prosecutions (@ODPP_KE) September 4, 2020
“Westomaxx Investments limited installed an incinerator at the county government of Tharaka Nithi which they had procured from Generation Electronic & Allied Company Limited, a company associated with the Governor,” read the statement in part.
He added that the incinerator was imported to Kenya by the company at a cost of Ksh3,879,945.
Haji further noted that fraud at the County government was perpetrated by the county officials at the procurement department and finance department who disregarded the procurement laws and procedures.
Also facing arrest are Chief Officer Environment and Natural resources Fridah Muthoni Murungi, Acting Director – Procurement Floridah Kiende Nywigah, Finance Officers Highton Muriithi Njue and Teresia Kagoji Mburia.
The Directors Westomaxx Investment limited and Kenstar electricals and Hardware Limited Kenneth Muguiya and Caroline Sheila Wambua as well as the Directors of Generation Electronics and Allied Company David Mbugua Mwangi and Margaret Muthoni Mugweru: and Allan Muriithi Gitonga – Director, Gentech Suppliers Limited.
The DPP in the past few days has ordered high profile arrests on individuals over graft allegations.
The latest was Lari MP Jonah Mburu Mwangi, arrested over embezzlement of public funds as well as abuse of office.