- Mr. Njuki and his wife Margaret Muthoni Mugweru along with Westomaxx Investment Limited (WIL) were indicted in the KSh34 scandal.
- While saying the country is on the wrong track, Mr. Ogoti said leaders have launched a crackdown against bad behavior in the country.
- All 18 defendants requested to be released on parole in the light of COVID-19.
The court of Judgment on Corruption Cases Tuesday was saddened by the behavior of some leaders in involving their families in corruption and looting of public property. Chief Justice Douglas Ogoti said in recent days officials have been arrested and charged along with family members for engaging in corruption cases.
“It is unfortunate that the leaders are involving their family members to participate in the crime of looting public property while some of them are unaware of what happened and they are just shocked to be arrested and prosecuted,” said Mr. Ogoti.
Governor Okoth Obado was recently indicted with his four sons for the corruption of KSh73 million. Former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu and his wife Susan were charged in a KSh500 million scandal.
Ngirita’s family has been charged in the KSh790 million scandal, and now Mr. Njuki and his wife and directors Westomaxx Investments Limited (WIL) Kenneth Mucuiya and Caroline Sheila Wambui have been charged in the KSh34 million scandal.
While saying the country is on the wrong track, Mr. Ogoti said leaders have launched a crackdown against bad behavior in the country. Mr. Ogoti advised lawyers to read the article on how leaders are involved with their families in committing crimes.
In the Tharaka Nithi scandal, Mr. Njuki and his wife Margaret Muthoni Mugweru, along with Westomaxx Investment Limited (WIL) directors Kenneth Mucuiya Ngai and his wife Caroline Sheila Wambui, and their financial agent Japheth Muriithi Gitonga, were indicted in the KSh34 million scandal and KSh9 million stolen from Tharaka Nithi county between January 2018 and October 31, 2018.
Mr. Ogoti was asked by lawyers Paul Nyamondi and Muthomi Thiankolu representing Njuki, Muthoni, Mucuiya, Sheila and Gitonga to release them on non-standard bail.
“All the burden of bail will be borne by the wives of these people and their companies,” said Mr. Thiankolu. The judge was told by Mr. Thiankolu that his wife Kenneth was hospitalized with a medical condition. “I urge this court to consider that Mucuiya will be held responsible for all the bail and other costs.”
All 18 defendants requested to be released on parole in the light of COVID-19. Prosecutor Hellen Mwatellah asked the court to consider the amount of money lost.
“I urge this court to take into account that more than KSh34.9m was lost through fraud and the penalty is 14 years in prison and a fine not less than KSh64 million as it is a case of corruption and economic deterioration,” said Ms. Mwatellah.
Ms. Mwatellah asked the court to consider the impact of corruption on the country. Mr. Ogoti will decide on Wednesday the amount of bail he will release to the accused. Mr. Njuki and all the accused pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to defraud the county of KSh34,998,500 in the purchase of a landfill.
Generation Electronic and Allied Company owned by the Governor and his wife Margaret and David Mbugua Mwangi has been accused of buying the plant and handing it over to the Tharaka Nithi county government and then fraudulently purchased by Westomaxx.
Payment for the purchase and installation of the plant was received by Westomax through the Consolidated Bank Embu branch.
The accused before Mr. Ogoti are Njuki, his wife Margaret, and their company Generation Electronic and Allied Limited; Fridah Muthoni Murungi, Floridah Kiende Ndwigah, Highton Muriithi Njue, Teresiah Kagoji Mburia, Lee Mwenda Munene, Japheth Mutungi Nkonge, Emily Nkatha Micheni, Mike Miandi Murithi, Elosy Karithi Matti, Mucuiya, Sheila, Allan Murithi Gitonga, Japheth Gitonga Nyange, George Miano Mugweru, Genetech Supplies Ltd, and Kenstar Electrical and Hardware Ltd.
All 21 defendants refused the allegations to liquidate the Tharaka Nithi County government KSh34,998,500 in the purchase and installation of a waste disposal plant between January 2018 and October 2018.
Governor Njuki, his wife Margaret Muthoni Mugweru, Mwangi, and their company Generations Electronic refused to accept allegations against them to commit fraud.