Embakasi MP Mwangi Gakuya risk losing his seat

The hearing of the case pitting Embakasi North MP James Mwangi Gakuya and his co-accused is set to proceed with the hearing of a fraud case entering for the second day.

Mr Gakuya risks losing his seat

He is appearing before Nairobi’s Senior Principal Magistrate Elizabeth Juma at Milimani Anti Corruption Court. The hearing of the case will end on July 17 (Friday).

The MP was arrested in August 2018 by EACC while his accomplices were arrested the following day over a corruption related offense.

They faced 27 counts of corruption among them misappropriation of Constituency Development Funds (CDF).

Mr Gakuya was arrested together with three other constituency employees; Mr Cleophas Omariba Oyaro (district accountant), Ms Leah Waithera Guchu ( fund account manager) and Constituency Development Fund (CDF) Chairman Richard Mwangi Chuchu and his brother.

Other charges included awarding  his own companies Sh19 million tenders and fraud related to tenders for the repair of roads within his Constituency amounting to Sh39 million.

The issue was detected by banks, which noticed he was transferring CDF money to the family companies and alerted the EACC.

“Investigations established that three companies associated with Mr  Gakuya were awarded contracts for the construction of the roads in Embakasi North,” EACC said in a statement.

If found guilty the MP whose election was disputed through a petition risks losing his seat for the violation of chapter six of the constitution on leadership and integrity.

The president has been working with investigation agencies to restore sanity in the public institutions.

Sirisia Member of Parliament John Walukhe and his co-accused Grace Wakhungu were ordered by a magistrate to pay a fine of close to Sh2 billion or serve at least 39 years in prison after they were found guilty of defrauding a state agency.

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