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Court Freezes property of ex-governor Mwangi Wa Iria’s wife in Ksh.542M graft probe

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By Wanja Waweru

The High Court has placed a freeze on two properties owned by Jane Waigwe Kimani, the former Murang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria’s wife, pending the outcome of a lawsuit filed by the EACC to recover Ksh. 542,610,615 from the former County Executive that it claims was obtained fraudulently while he was in office.

The two properties, which have a combined worth of Ksh 16,300,000, are situated in Mweiga, in Nyeri County, and Umoja, in Nairobi.

The then-Governor Wa Iria, who is claimed to have connections to Top Image Media Consultants, issued irregular contracts totaling more than Ksh. 500 million to the business between 2013 and 2017, according to EACC.

“Top Image Media Consultants had been solely awarded media buying tenders worth Ksh.542,610,615 out of all companies prequalified between financial years 2013/2014 and 2016/2017,” reads court documents.

“The investigation revealed that the Director of Top Image Media Consultants Limited, Jane Wanjiru Mbuthia, was a close associate of the Governor of Murangá County. Consequently, the Governor and his wife benefitted directly from the contract amounts paid to Top Image Media Consultants Limited.”

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