Governor Waititu surrenders to EACC

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

Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu has surrendered to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption (EACC) offices in Nairobi. The Governor, together with his wife Susan Wangari Ndung’u and other suspects were being pursued by detectives over alleged involvement in the irregular award of a tender worth Kshs 588 million during the 2017/2018 financial year. The Governor’s wife is still at large. According to the DPP, the award of the tender to upgrade roads to bituminous surface was skewed in favor of M/S Testimony Enterprise Ltd, a company whose directors were close associates of Governor Waititu.

The M/s Testimony Enterprise Ltd contractor has so far been paid Kshs 221 million, paid in batches, the first one being Kshs 147,274,055.39 for the tender and the second coming in form of contracts awarded for provision of services worth Kshs 74,216,444.40. “Once the funds were paid from Kiambu County government to M/s Testimony Enterprises, a total of Kshs 25,624,500 was remitted to entities associated with Ferdinand Ndung’u Waititu Babayao,” said the DPP in a statement.

The search for the Governor was announced on Friday evening but according to his lawyer, he was out of town and came back on Saturday evening. He is set to be arraigns in court on Monday and faces several graft charges.