Malombe faces prosecution for electoral offences

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1924

The Commission on Administrative Justice (CAJ) wants the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko to probe Kitui Governor Julius Malombe for allegedly breaching electoral laws during his campaigns.

Dr Malombe is on the spot for branding a Kitui County Government vehicle, Toyota Fortuner (KBN 335J), with Wiper Party colours for campaign purposes.

Branded Toyota Fortuner (KBN 335J) belonging to county government of Kitui

According to a letter dated July 12, 2017 by CAJ Ag. Chair Regina Mwathia to Mr Tobiko, Malombe’s case is backed by pictorial evidence found on his Twitter account.

The Governor is consequently faces prosecution for flouting section 14 (1) of Election Offences Act that prohibits the use of public resources in political activities.

CAJ, which is commonly known as the Ombudsman, is also on the hot trail of four other governors including Peter Munya (Meru), Hassan Joho (Mombasa), Paul Chepkwony (Kericho) and Simon Kachapin (West Pokot).

The Ombudsman further seeks legal action against seven public officers for directly taking part in political activities contrary to Public Officers Ethics Act.

They include Principal Secretaries Karanja Kibicho (Internal Security) and Joseph Njoroge (Energy), Commission General of KRA John Njiraini and chairman of the Leather Development Council Board Titus Ibui among others.

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