Three months after furious women removed and threw their panties outside Tharaka Nithi governor Muthomi Njuki’s offices, the curse seems to having effect after he was summoned to record a statement with the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission over graft.
The furious women accused the governor of making derogatory remarks targeting female residents.
Speaking after holding a peaceful demonstration, the women drawn from Tharaka, Maara and Igambang’ombe constituencies claimed Njuki dismissed contractors demanding payment by telling them to go ask their mothers about the money and also told others to look for ‘sponsors’ to finance a county beauty pageant event insisting the devolved unit was broke.
The governor also likened Senator Kithure Kindiki to a woman because of the senator’s soft voice and also dismissed area women as dirty.
Last week Njuki recorded a statement with EACC on claims a company associated with him was doing business with the county.
The governor and his wife Margaret Mugweru recorded statements over claims of inflating the cost of an incinerator purchased by his administration for Chuka town.
They were questioned over alleged links with Generation Electronics and Allied Limited, which procured, installed and commissioned the incinerator.
It is claimed the equipment cost Sh4 million but was sold to the county government for Sh34 million.
The EACC sleuths traced the purchase and importation of the machine from China, the logistics company that shipped it, and where it was held as the county government advertised for the same in the local dailies.
The advertisement had the exact specifications of the already imported incinerator.
Njuki is expected to be arraigned in court to face abuse of office and corruption related charges.
“The EACC is investigating matters that relate to the procurement of an incinerator by the county government of Tharaka Nithi. The incinerator was delivered to the Chuka town site by Generation Electronic and Allied Limited,” reads the letter by EACC signed by the agency’s CEO, Twalib Mbarak.
The inquiry comes at a time the county is in the spot after the Auditor General Edward Ouko queried the spending of Sh19.42 million on an official car.
According to the June 30 2018 audit report, Ouko noted that the Landcruiser VX has a 4,500 cc engine capacity which was in breach of the law that prohibits counties from purchasing official vehicles exceeding 3,000 ccs for heavy duty vehicles.
Ouko also questioned the procurement of the vehicle’s number plate from a local car dealer.
The auditor has also questioned the awarding of Sh3.8 billion contracts and the spending of about Sh6.2 million on foreign trips and allowances for three MPs who travelled to United States and United Kingdom last year.
In the UK trip, the audit states that the governor and the two MPs spent Sh3,287,664 although the purpose of the travel was not clear from the invitation letter.
“No reason was given as to why the two MPs, who are not county employees were paid from the executive’s fund. It has therefore not been possible to ascertain that the expenditure was expended as appropriated and that the executive got value for money,” Ouko stated.
There were also no reports to show how residents of Tharaka Nithi benefited from the expenditure.