A Nairobi Member of County Assembly (MCA) has been handed a three-year prison sentence after he was found guilty of demanding and receiving a bribe of Sh1.7 million.
Karen Ward MCA David Mberia faced three separate counts of soliciting and receiving Sh1 million, Sh500,000, and Sh200,000 in bribes.
In his ruling on Thursday, Milimani Chief Magistrate Thomas Nzioki slapped Mberia with a fine of Sh700,000 in lieu of the jail term.
The court further barred the MCA from holding public office or accessing his office.
“The accused is barred from holding public office and accessing his office. This order is directed to be transferred to speaker county Assembly for the record,” the magistrate ruled.
MCA Mberia was accused of receiving the money from a private school to influence a decision involving a land dispute.
The court heard that he demanded a bribe from the owners of Kiragu Waichahi School, located in Pumwani Ward of Kamukunji Constituency.
Mberia’s co-accused MCAs Jared Okode (Mathare) and Abraham Mwangi (Woodley) were acquitted.