By Rufus Hunja
Officers from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption commission Thursday conducted coordinated raids at the homes of Murang’a Governor Mwangi Wa Iria and his associates in Murang’a and Nairobi before leaving with unidentified documents.
Wa Iria says the officers arrived at his home at 4 am and proceeded to harass his family as they ransacked his Gatanga home for seven hours before confiscating his phone and several documents.
Drama unfolded after area residents accompanied by boda boda outriders turned up in their numbers at his home demanding to know what was happening until the officers left the premises.
In Murang’a town Matatu operators protested the raid claiming it is orchestrated by the Governor’s political enemies. In a quick rejoinder, Murang’a Senator Kembi Gitura and Kigumo MP Jamleck Kamau hit out at the Governor saying he should carry his own cross.
Details on the separate raids conducted on homes owned by Wa Iria aides in Murang’a, Nairobi and Kiambu remains scanty even as the Governor maintains his tribulations are political.
Wa Iria survived an impeachment in November last year after the Senate declared that the allegations made against him by the County Assembly failed to meet the threshold for an impeachment.
The raid happened barely a year after officers from Ethics and Anti-Corruption commission arrested Wa Iria for allegedly giving false information to the independent electoral and boundaries commission in the run-up to the 2013 general election.