The high court has released Tharaka Nithi governor, Onesmus Muthomi Njuki on Ksh 6 million cash bail.
Njuki is barred from offices till his case heard and settled. He also denied the allegations of graft against him by the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission(EACC).
The governor was arrested with 16 others, following the order from the Director of Public Prosecution, Noordin Haji.
Haji said they had to eplain their involvement in the loss of Ksh 34.9million. He also added that the money was divided among his representatives who are beneficiaries of waste management project tender.
According to the investigation, Njuki authorized the buying of incinerator at Ksh 34,998,500 while the apparatus was imported at Ksh 3,879,947,through a company that is associated with him.
The governor becomes thefourth governor to barred from office after Mike Mbuvi Sonko(Nairobi), Okoth Obado(Migori), and Moses lenolkulal(samburu).
As the case continues in court,Deputy governor Francis Nyamu Kagwima is awaited to lead the Tharaka Nithi county.
” Seven companies underwent a tendering process and Westomax Investment Limited, the company that had submitted fraudulent documents, won the tender at a cost of KSh 34,998,500. The fraud at the county government was perpetuated by county officials at the procurement department and finance department who disregarded the procurement laws and procedures,” Haji said.
Njuki gave himself up on Monday, September 7, after the DPP ordered his arrest on Friday, September 4.