Foreign Ministry PS Thuita Mwangi arrested on corruption charges

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Foreign Affairs PS Thuita Mwangi was on Wednesday night taken to the Integrity Centre by detectives from the Ethics and Anti-corruption commission.

Mr Mwangi was picked up from his office along Harambee Avenue after a long search for questioning over claims of abuse of office.

Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission Vice Chair Irene Keino said Mr Mwangi would be charged with four counts of abuse of office relating to the Tokyo Embassy scandal and other administrative issues in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Ms Keino said on Wednesday evening that Mr Mwangi would answer charges of conspiracy to commit corruption, wilful failure to comply with the law and applicable procedures relating to procurement in the ministry.

EACC claims Mr Mwangi together with Mr Anthony Muchiri, the Deputy Director of Administration and Allan Mburu, the Charge d’Affaires at the Kenyan Embassy in Tokyo Japan at the time the scandal erupted two years ago, would be charged on Thursday morning with making decisions that did not fall within their mandate.

It was not immediately clear what other issues the officials had, besides the alleged illegal procurement of the Tokyo embassy, but sources told the Nation that there has been a series of investigations conducted by the EACC regarding the Ministry’s expenditure.

Mr Mwangi, sources said, would spend the night at the Integrity Centre but he would be allowed to speak to his lawyer. The other officials could not be traced by evening, but detectives might rope in more of the officials who have been working at the Ministry for the past four years.

EACC has been investigating embassies in Islamabad (Pakistan), Brussels (Belgium), Lagos (Nigeria) and Cairo in Egypt and how their land was purchased.-Daily Nation