Police officers accused of beating Governor's family
22 January 2016, 19:35
Nairobi - Detectives have been accused of beating up a Governor's family members.
Murang'a Governor Mwangi Wairia was the subject of investigations by the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commision EACC earlier this week in which the detectives raided his home in Thika seeking evidence over a number of cases of misappropriation of funds in his County.
But in what turned out to be a cat and mouse chase, the detectives claimed that they had been roughed up by Wairia's security team as well as manhandled by area residents who arrived to support the beleaguered Governor.
In a new twist though, the Council of Governors says that it was the opposite that took place, with the Governor's family the one manhandled by the detectives.
" The officers assaulted him and his family, and took their personal
effects including all their mobile phones. At the same time, they raided
the house of his parents and his close relatives unnecessarily
harassing them," Council chair Peter Munya said Friday.
The detectives dis raid a number of the Governor's close associates homes whilst doing their investigations, something they admitted to in a statement.
" We had the Court orders and warrants to search all the premises we did and to hear that our officers were attacked while doing so is sad and must be adressed," EACC CEO Walakhe Waqo said.
Wairia did not mention which specific family members were manhandled.
" The move by the EACC to raid the homes and discharge justice in whatever way they feel is seen as an attempt to reverse the democratic gains envisioned under
the devolved system of government. It is completely malicious, in bad
faith and meant not only injure his reputation but also calculated to
give his opponents political mileage," Munya added.
The EACC says it is ongoing with its investigations on the Governor and will not be cowed by threats.
" The investigations will go on. The truth will prevail," Waqo added.
Wairia is accused of several financial misappropriations including spending County government funds non-procedurally on a number of occasions.
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