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Tuesday, 04 Jul 2017 14:48 EAT
Machakos governor Dr Alfred Mutua fought hard to ensure that he is not prosecuted over corruption cases he faced, but they are back to haunt him as elections draw near. His opponents have picked cases of unaccounted for county funds as well as audit queries to campaign against him.
By October 21, last year, Justices GBM Kariuki, Festus Azangalala and ole Kantai stopped Mutua’s prosecution over corruption cases.
The judges granted the order blocking the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission from arresting and charging the governor. On September 23, Justice Isaac Lenaola had issued orders allowing the DPP to commence a criminal case against Mutua over the purchase of 16 vehicles for county officials.
However, some of the graft cases that Dr Mutua survived prosecution from, could have been used to bar him from contesting are now being used to stop his bid of being re-elected.
In the race, the governor is facing NASA’s Wiper candidate Wavinya Ndeti, his Deputy turned rival Bernard Muia Kiala (Independent) and Jubilee's Mr Lemi Muia.
Lately, Dr Mutua has engaged Ms Ndeti in a verbal war accusing her of interfering with his county administration. During a clean-up exercise in Athi River, he accused Ms Ndeti of dirtying the county through hiring lorries from Nairobi to dump garbage in Machakos town and other areas. Dr Mutua also accused Ms Ndeti seen as a front runner for his seat of sabotaging County operations.
The war went a notch higher last week when Ms Ndeti wrote an open letter to Inspector General Joseph Boinnet alerting him of a plot by Dr Mutua to burn the County offices to destroy documents in an attempt to destroy evidence on the graft cases.
Dr Mutua hit back a few days later and wrote to International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Ms Fatou Bensouda requesting for investigation on Ms Ndeti over claims of arson on social media. He wants Ms Ndeti investigated on grounds of domestic terrorism and for perpetuating ethnic cleansing.
In the letter which he wrote to Deputy Inspector General, is also copied to the chairman of National Cohesion and Integration Commission, Francis Ole Kaparo and Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati.
“By copy of this letter, I am requesting Francis Kaparo, the IEBC chairman and Bensouda to closely monitor and act on Ndeti’s utterances, writings and social media activities to prevent public incitement and emergence of electoral violence”, he concludes.