Police in Tharaka Nithi County are holding a court clerk over allegations of engaging in graft practices.

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Mr Moses Mucheke Gitonga, a clerk at Marimanti Court was allegedly nabbed by Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) while receiving a bribe on Wednesday.

EACC detectives say that the accused was in the peocess of receiving a Sh50,000 bribe from a kin of a defilement suspect, promising to help the accused get a fair hearing.

The EACC has established that Mr Mucheke had demanded Sh150,000 from the family of Mr Muriungi Kirimi who was nabbed for defiling a 17-year-old girl in February.

The arrest was confirmed by EACC regional boss Kipsang Sambai who said that they swung into action after being notified of the pending deal the previous day.

“According to our report, the court clerk was demanding Sh150,000 to help influence the ruling of the case of a man charged with defilement,” he said.

The arrest affected the hearing of the case which was slated for the same day, resulting in its hearing being pushed to October 14.

Mr Sambai said that the suspect will be arraigned in court within the shortest time possible time possible.

“We are processing him and will make sure he is arraigned in court within the shortest time possible,” he added.

Mr Sambai called upon locals to help the commission in fighting graft by offering information about corruption dealings, which could lead in similar arrests.