Karen Ward MCA David Mberia has been sentenced to three years in jail or pay a fine of Ksh.700,000 for allegedly taking 1.7 million bribe from a private school owner, this has also lead to him losing his seat as the Member of County Assembly representing Karen Ward.
The sentence was awarded by Nairobi Chief Magistrate Thomas Nyioki who found the Nairobi MCA guilty of the offense “beyond a reasonable doubt”.
Mberia and his co-accused MCAs- Jared Okode (Mathare) and Abraham Mwangi (Woodley), also acquitted, were accused of soliciting and receiving the money from a private school owner, Maina Kiragu, to help solve a land dispute.
On conviction of Mberia, the magistrate added that the charge of asking for a bribe which was expressed in sheng was proved through the testimony from an investigating officer.
“The word was used in a clever way to request for a bribe of mita moja,” ruled Nyioki. The court also ascertained that Mberia was in contact with the money.
The legal consequences of being found guilty of the crime of bribery offenses are dire, with a conviction under the Kenya Bribery Act, 2016 attracting a fine not exceeding Ksh5million or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years or both.
Under Kenya Constitution 2010, the ward representative’s sentence to three years in jail, which is more than six months in prison was enough to see him lose his seat under Article 193 (2) (f).
The MCAs were accused of demanding Ksh1million from Kiragu to influence the outcome of an inquiry carried out by the Culture and Social Services Committee of the Nairobi County Assembly.
Okode and Mwangi were accused of asking for Ksh200,000 each from the complainant through corrupt means so as to influence the same investigations.
The inquiry was acted upon with regards to the ownership of the land on which Kiragu Waichahi School is located in Pumwani Ward, Eastleigh in Kamukunji Constituency.
Elsewhere Likoni OCPD Jane Munywoki and Nyandarua West Deputy OCPD Ephraim Karani were on Thursday arrested for allegedly demanding a Ksh500,000 bribe.
“Munywoki and Karani were arrested following conclusion of investigation into alleged demand of a 500,000 shillings bribe by the police bosses.
Munywoki and Karani allegedly demanded for half a million bribe while serving in South Kinangop, Nyandarua County as Officer Commanding Police Division (OCPD) and District Administration Police Commander (DAPC), respectively, according to detectives.
“They demanded the bribe as inducement to effect an eviction order that was validly issued by a Law Court against illegal occupants of a private property.”
On February 10, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions confirmed the completion of the investigations giving a green light for the arrest and arraignment of Munywoki and Karani
“The two will be arraigned at the Nyahururu Anti-Corruption Court on Tuesday, March, 2, 2021” said the detectives.