Meru elders ask EACC to try Peter Munya for graft
Council chairman Linus Kathera on Tuesday said elders would also mete out a punishment on Mr Munya, who is a member of Njuri Ncheke, if the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) proves its case against him.
“We are, however, asking that the issue is not politicised. We should wait until proper investigations are carried out and the governor will be prosecuted or vindicated of the corruption charges” Mr Kathera told journalists in Meru Town.
Last year, EACC officials from Nyeri stormed the county government offices and took with them various documents.
Mr Munya, who was then facing an election petition, accused the anti-corruption watchdog of witch-hunt.
Mr Kathera, however, said they were optimistic that the governor would be vindicated, and called on politicians pushing for his arrest to “hold their horses”.
“We know he is a man of character and also stands by what he says. He has been against corruption in this country and we are calling on the authorities to conduct proper and fair investigations,” Mr Kathera said.
The council’s director of elections, Mr Julius Kang’ote, asked Mr Munya not to step aside until charges levelled against him are publicly known.
“The governor should sit pretty until these allegations against him are known. We know there might be some politics in th this matter,” he said.
A group of traders, as well as a women lobby group, on Tuesday came to the defence of Mr Munya, saying he had accelerate development in the county.
Maendeleo ya Wanawake chairperson Kanana Nteere, who led the women in demonstrations around Meru Town, claimed the governor was innocent.
“As women in this county, we will support our governor to the very end. Those linking him to corruption have their own reasons for doing so,” she said at separate press conference in Meru Town.