EACC probing Governor Waititu over irregular tenders, money laundering

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Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu. PHOTO/COURTESY
Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu. PHOTO/COURTESY

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) is investigating Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu over allegations of irregular award of tenders valued at Kshs 588 million, money laundering among other accusations. The Kiambu Governor was arrested by EACC detectives and taken in for questioning at Integrity Centre. The detectives conducted searches at Waititu’s homes which started early on Thursday morning in an operation that took hours, including his home in Runda, where he was at the time of the arrest.

According to EACC, search operations were conducted in the homes and offices of the Kiambu Governor, his family members, directors of private companies, and ten senior employees of the County government. Valuable evidence relevant to the investigations was recovered.

The anti-graft body is also investigating allegations of fraudulent acquisition of public funds and conflict of interest. In the case of the irregular award of tenders, EACC stated that preliminary investigations show that contractors paid money to senior County officials, their companies or relatives through proxies.