Mwangi wa Iria Biography
Mwangi wa Iria is a Kenyan politician and the governor for Murang’a county alongside deputy governor Augustine J Gakure Monyo. He is a member of The National Alliance and a coalition member of Jubilee Alliance.
Mwangi wa Iria Education Background
Primary school student at Kiboi primary School
Secondary school student at Wethaga Boys High School
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Undergraduate student from Moi University
Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply in the United Kingdom(UK).
Mwangi wa Iria Job History
- Managing Director of New Kenya Cooperative Creameries (KCC)
- The National Sales manager of Kenya Breweries Ltd
- The Managing Director of Ngano Feeds Ltd
- The CEO of Freshco Seeds
- General Manager of the Commercial Division of Industrial Promotion Services that brings together more than 30 companies owned by the Aga Khan Development Network.
Mwangi wa Iria impeachment motion
Mwangi wa Iria was accused of allegedly allocating county funds to a private enterprise and use of money on functions deemed to be under the national government. The assembly accused the governor of ignoring the County Integrated Development Plan that spells out the projects scheduled for implementation within stipulated times.
Ms Mary Waithera Njoroge, a member of the county assembly, who moved the Motion to have the governor impeached, said he was unilaterally spending public funds without the assembly’s approval.
She cited secondary schools that are supposed to benefit from funds from the national government and Murang’a Investment Cooperative Society as some of the projects that unfairly received county funding.
The MCA said the auditor-general’s report had revealed that the county spent more than Sh28 million on the cooperative society, touted as a forum to improve people’s socio-economic status, yet, it was a private commercial entity.
The motion against Governor Mwangi wa Iria was dismissed after the Senate rejected the reasons advanced by the Murang’a County Assembly for his removal from office.The charges levelled against the governor do not meet the constitutional threshold for impeachment, according to a report tabled by a special 11-member committee, constituted to investigate the matter.
Mwangi wa Iria mission as a governor
Mwangi wa Iria aims to fully exploitat the huge agricultural potential in the county by optimizing the value chain through modern crop and animal production methods, value addition (agro-industrialisation) and linkages to market in order to deliver maximum value. Other issues in his agenda are creation of job opportunities for youth as a means of containing security and other social ills such as alcoholism, development of a strategy to turn around declining education standards in the county, development of a robust and supportive infrustructural stystem and allignment of development areas to the policies and priorities of National Government. In Kenya’s 2013 general election, Mwangi vied in the gubernatorial elections, winning as Governor of Murang’a County, alongside Deputy Governor Augustine J Gakure Monyo. He was elected on a TNA party ticket.
Mwangi wa Iria arrested over blocking the anti-corruption officers who raided his home
Governor Mwangi was on, Monday, March 14,2015 was arrested at the Agha Khan Hospital in Nairobi and taken to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) headquarters at the Integrity Centre.
He was arrested for allegedly blocking the anti-corruption officers who raided his home on the morning of January 21,2015. According to reports, Governor Mwangi wa Iria was arraigned in court on Tuesday, March 15, and charged with obstructing EACC officers during a raid at his home in Thika earlier in the year.
The governor adressed his woes as stemming from a political ploy by his enemies who seeks to derail and impede his tenure as governor.
However, it was speculated that Wa Iria woes began when he commissioned the construction of a milk processing plant in Maragua. The plant was nearing completion as of 2015 February. The milk cooling plant was to compete for business with Kenyatta family’s Brookside. The family also owns 25% stake at Kenya Co-operative Creameries (KCC).