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‘Orders from above’ bar reporters from accessing anti-graft court

Police officers have barred reporters from accessing the Anti-Corruption Court citing ‘orders from above’ for their action.

Reporters remained stranded outside the court buildings as they tried to access the area with some reports indicating that they were barred because they took a picture of the courts leaking roof and shared with the public.

The journalists had gone to cover Tharaka Nithi Governor Muthomi Njuki‘s bail hearing that was scheduled for today. He was charged alongside 20 others with  corruption involving the theft of Sh34.9 million from the county coffers.

Governor Muthomi denied all the charges before Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti on Tuesday and spent another night in the police cells ahead of today’s bail ruling.

Tharaka Nithi County boss was yesterday presented before Milimani-based Magistrate Douglas Ogoti to plead to graft-related charges after spending a night in police custody.

DPP Noordin Haji approved charges against Muthomi on Friday, September 4, ordering his arrest and prosecution for the embezzlement of county resources and interfering with the tendering process at the county offices.

The DPP said investigators had established that tender was awarded to a company known as Westomaxx Investments Limited, that had presented fraudulent documents but there were six other firms that qualified for the job.

Muthomi was arraigned alonside Fridah Muthoni Murungi (Chief Officer Environment and Natural Resources), Floridah Kiende Nyigwah (Acting Director Procurement), Murithi Njue (Finance Officer) together with the proprietors of firms awarded the tenders in question.

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