Fact Check: EACC speaks on alleged Ksh2 billion Meru County scandal ‘involving’ Governor Kiraitu Murungi’s wife, children

Tuesday, July 20th, 2021 16:04 |
Governor Kiraitu Murungi flanked by his Bungoma counterpart Wycliffe Wangamati addresses the press during a retreat in Naivasha to discuss the BBI report. Photo/PD/Kirera Mwiti

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has spoken over online statements alluding to the alleged theft of Ksh2 billion in Meru County by Governor Kiraitu Murungi and his family.

On Tuesday, July 20, a statement purpotedly by EACC made online rounds stating that the anti-graft body was investigating a Ksh2 billion corruption scandal in Meru County.

"The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission has been conducting investigations into allegations of corruption and irregular payments to companies by officials of Meru county government to the tune of Ksh 2 billion," the fake statement read in part.

However, EACC stated that the alleged graft investigation against the governor and his family was fake.

In the statement making rounds online, Meru county government is said to have made payments to two construction companies for goods that were ot delivered.

The fake statement further stated that five members of governor Kiraitu's family were to be charged by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for fraudulently making payments from public revenue for goods not supplied among other charges.

According to the fake poster, Priscilla Kathunguchi Murungi, Fanon Mwenda Murungi, Carolin Mwenda Murungi, Winnie Nkatha Murungi and Titus Ntuchi were to fac e charges of conspiracy to commit an offence of corruption and unlawful acquisition of public property among others.

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