Kiambu Deputy Speaker Charged with Bribery by Anti-Corruption Commission

Kiambu deputy speaker charged with soliciting Ksh. 130,000 bribe, highlighting Kenya's ongoing fight against corruption in government.

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Kiambu Deputy Speaker Charged with Bribery by Anti-Corruption Commission

Kiambu Deputy Speaker Charged with Bribery by Anti-Corruption Commission

John Njue Njiru, the deputy speaker charged bribe of the Kiambu County Assembly, has been charged by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) for allegedly soliciting a bribe of Ksh. 130,000 to facilitate the development of a plot worth Ksh. 15 million in Thika Town. Njiru, who represents the Hospital Ward, faces charges of receiving a bribe contrary to the law.

According to the EACC, Njiru demanded the bribe from a Thika businesswoman in order to permit and facilitate protection of her development works on her own plot. The businesswoman alerted EACC officers, who then apprehended Njiru on allegations of extortion.

Njiru was arrested by EACC detectives on June 13, 2023 and has been out on police bail of Ksh. 100,000 pending the completion of investigations. He is set to be arraigned before the Thika Anti-Corruption Court on Wednesday, April 17 to defend himself against the bribery charges that threaten to ruin his political career.

Why this matters: Corruption remains a major issue in Kenya, with public officials often accused of abusing their positions for personal gain. The case against Njiru highlights the ongoing efforts by anti-corruption agencies to hold those in power accountable and combat bribery at all levels of government.

The EACC has gathered enough evidence to open the case against Njiru, who will now have to defend himself in court. If found guilty, the deputy speaker charged bribe could face significant fines, imprisonment, and the end of his political career. The outcome of this case will be closely watched as a potential deterrent to other officials who may be tempted to engage in corrupt practices.

Key Takeaways

  • Kiambu deputy speaker charged for soliciting Ksh 130k bribe
  • Bribe demanded to facilitate development of Ksh 15M plot
  • EACC arrested Njiru, who faces bribery charges and jail time
  • Case highlights ongoing efforts to combat corruption in Kenya
  • Outcome could deter other officials from engaging in graft