Despite the director of public prosecution (DPP) ordering for the arrest and prosecution of Tharaka Nithi county governor Hon. Muthomi Njuki on graft allegations in his county, the governor is yet to face arrest since Friday when the order was issued.
This is contrary to what many especially the residents of his county and his political enemies had expected that the county boss known for his ‘arrogant and rude utterances’ would spend the better part of the weekend in police cells probably in Nairobi awaiting arraignment on Monday.
However, the current political trend nationally and in the counties is what probably could be making the governor free until now unlike other governors who have been arrested and arraigned before, in the most humiliating manner.
In the first place, it is quite evident that currently Hon. Njuki is serving as Uhuru’s right-hand man in the county in terms of politics. This is in consideration to the fact that the head of state has since parted ways with the county senator Prof. Kithuure Kindiki since his ouster as the deputy speaker in senate house.
Since then, Kindiki has openly and publicly shown defiance to the faction allied to the president and instead he has opted to side with DP William Ruto allies making him to completely fall out with the head of state considering that his ouster motion was government sponsored.
This has been witnessed in the ongoing stalemate on third generation revenue allocation formulae sponsored by Majority Whip Irungu Kang’ata which Prof. Kindiki has led a section of senators opposed to the one man one shilling proposal.
It will be remembered that recently photos of Hon. Njuki and the president went round and news had it that the governor had met president Uhuru in Nairobi to transact undisclosed business. Most importantly, Hon. Njuki is one of the governors who have supported the government building bridges initiative (BBI) which has been portrayed to favour county bosses and politicians allied to it when it comes to prosecution.
It is believed that governor Njuki being in good terms with powers from ‘above’, may have helped him avoid weekend in police cells as it has always been the norm with other graft suspects when such orders are issued.
Having been lucky to maneuver the weekend free from authorities, the governor is likely to resurface on Monday and surrender himself to police to be arraigned in court.