Is Kitui County’s Dr Naomi Mang’atu seeking public sympathy over corruption case?

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A day after being arraigned in court to face corruption and abuse of office charges, Dr Naomi Mawia Mang’atu, a Malombe era officer took to social media to seek public sympathy.

Dr Mang’atu, a member of the Kitui county public service board posted a message on her Facebook page saying she expected to be dragged in mud when she accepted the county job.

She wrongly insinuated that her case whose investigations began in 2015 was witch-hunt despite being caught with her hands in county government cookies jar.

“My dearest Friends, when I accepted to serve in the Kitui CPSB, I knew I was offering self to be stripped naked in all manners. And that’s the price for Facilitative Leadership. I’m ok and all is well……” read the Facebook update.

The post attracted mild sympathies and comments from close relatives who have largely benefited from her “nepotism driven” recruitment at the county, but also raised concerns she was trivializing EACC court case against her.

Other than the court case, Dr Mang’atu who is sister in law to Malombe’s Finance minister Simon Mundu, facilitated employment of her close relatives including her younger sister Emma Ngute, as Assistant Director of ICT.

Prior to joining county government, Dr Mang’atu, worked at Diamond Trust Bank.

She was charged with doing business with the county government where she undertook Sh2 million fuel and lubricants supply contract.

The officer who now stands interdicted was arrested by Anti corruption officers and brought charged before Kitui Principal Magistrate Johnston Munguti

The charges stated that between July 18 and November 6, 2014, Ms Mang’atu made the supplies through tender number CGOK-Kitui/T/03/2014-2015 awarded to Mapana Enterprises Limited, a company believed to be hers.
This, the prosecution said amounted to abusing her office and conflict of interest contrary to Section 42 sub section 3 as read with section 48 of the Ethics and economic crimes Act.

The accused denied the charges and was released on a bond of Sh500,000 plus a surety of similar amount.
Hearing of the case was set for January 15, 2018 and it will be mentioned on September 26, this year.

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