Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria could lose his seat if a petition filed against him on Wednesday sails through.
The petitioner, Elijah Gicharu Kimani of Kiambu County, wants the court to declare MP Kuria unfit to hold public office on various grounds among them abuse of office.
In his petition, Gicharu notes after carrying out a self-driven audit of the Gatundu South Constituency Development Fund, he discovered cases of nepotism, abuse of office and conflict of interest in the award of tenders worth Sh170 million.
He claims that Kuria awarded contracts amounting to Sh32,531,540 in six learning institutions to Finishline Construction Ltd, a company owned by his brother Aloise Kinyanjui Kuria.
The petitioner further says another brother of MP Kuria Charles Regeru Nguru, who is the director of Mwaura Timber Yard Ltd, was awarded tenders worth Sh15,761,445 in three schools.
John Nome Kuria and James Koigi Kuria, who are also MP Kuria’s brothers, were awarded contracts amounting to s5,808,468 in Mutungu Secondary School, Gicharu adds. The two are listed as directors of Supreme General Traders Ltd.
In addition, Lujatech Enterprises Ltd, a company whose directors are Charles Regeru Nguru (brother), Jane Muthoni Regeru (sister-in-law), Lucy Wambui Regeru (niece) and Teresia Mwihaki Regeru (niece) won a tender worth Sh10,267,955 in two schools.
The petitioner also alleges that John Ngige Kuria (brother) was awarded a tender worth 31,525,120 in two schools through his company Numerical Strength Ltd while Jane Wambui Kuria (sister) received contracts amounting to Sh9,814,240 in two schools through her company Kiki Holdings Ltd.
Gicharu also says that Kuria’s nephew, Stanley Kuria Ngugi pocketed Sh14,792,825 in contracts awarded to Kurstan Builders Ltd for three schools.
“…we discovered and strongly believe that the respondent directly influenced the awarding of the contracts to companies owned by his relatives,” Gicharu states in a petition filed at the Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi.
“Some of the companies herein mentioned were created for the purpose of business with the interested party with the influence and support of the respondent.”
“We presented a petition to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission asking for investigations into the acts of the Respondent and the interested party. I verily believe the respondent, by his conduct as set out above is not fit to hold a public office,” he adds.