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Governors Mutua, Ojaamong face court charges

Two governors and a relative of another could soon be charged in court for abuse of office and criminal offences.

The Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko has directed that Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua be charged with abuse of office in relation to irregular purchase of 16 vehicles for his Executive Committee members.

Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong is to be charged for sending offensive messages to the mother of his children.

The DPP further ordered that a relative of Kiambu Governor William Kabogo and his accomplice be charged with causing malicious damage to Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wa’s car.

In a letter seen by the Nation, the DPP accuses Dr Mutua of abuse of office and wilful failure to comply with government procedures relating to pre-used motor vehicles.

Reads the letter: “Dr Alfred Mutua abused his office by conferring a benefit to Extreme Auto Ltd by originating the idea of purchase of pre-used motor vehicles. He presented the idea for endorsement of the prices that he himself gave in the first cabinet meeting held on 16th April 2013.

OFFENSIVE MESSAGES

“The prices were exact prices indicated in the Extreme Auto quotation dated 12th April 2013. The governor misled the cabinet into believing that a market survey had been done.”

At least some of the 15 Subaru Outbacks and a Toyota Landcruiser were delivered before or soon after the first cabinet meeting but prior to the tender committee meeting of 19th April 2013, says the letter.

Mr Ojaamong is accused of sending offensive messages to Ms Esther Nyanganyi Mayieka using his Safaricom line.

A Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) letter states that he admitted sending the messages but said he did not intend to annoy her.

“After critically analysing the evidence on record, the Director of Public Prosecutions finds that there is sufficient evidence to sustain the charges against Sospeter Odeke Ojaamong,” reads Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Nicholas Mutuku’s letter.

Mr Mutuku recommends that police charge Mr Kabogo’s relative, Mr Joseph Kang’ethe Nungari, and Mr Josiah Ambetsa Khatili for causing malicious damage to property and creating disturbances in Kiambu.