Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu has been hanged by his balls.Not even his political godfather William Ruto can help him now.The Ethics and Ant-Corruption Commission is closing in on the Kiambu boss who had publicly bragged how the cases of theft in his country are all fake allegations with a political motivation behind them.The governor spent a better part of yesterday at the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) offices as an ongoing probe into graft at the county intensified.
Commission CEO Twalib Mbarak said they are investigating irregular award of tenders valued at Sh588 million to companies associated with Waititu and members of his immediate family.
“Preliminary investigations show the contractors paid monies to senior county officials, their companies or relatives through proxies,” he said.He added they are also investigating fraudulent acquisition of public funds, conflict of interest and money laundering. Waititu’s third appearance at the EACC offices comes after his entire cabinet was summoned by the anti-graft body to record statements.
Waititu’s entire cabinet has been marked by the investigators who are leaving nothing to chances in a bid to resolve the theft of public money in the county, which runs into hundreds of millions.Current executives who appeared before EACC are Mr Karungo Thang’wa (Youth and Sports), Ms Mary Kamau (Health), Mr David Kuria (Environment), Mr James Maina (Planning), Mr Joseph Kamau (Agriculture), Ms Margaret Ruinge (Public Administration), Mr Wilson Mburu (Trade) and Mr Joseph Ng’ang’a (Education).
While the governor is having troubles with the EACC, his popularity has also taken a nose dive in Kiambu.Two weeks ago in Githurai, in presence of DP William Ruto he was booed and heckled by irate public who did not want to hear anything from him.
The crowd was unhappy that the governor, whom they accused of arbitrarily evicting them from the Githurai market last year allegedly to pave the way for its rehabilitation, had done nothing, yet they had no place to carry out their business.
Demonstrations were also held in Gachie earlier this year over deplorable roads, with protesters chanting anti-Waititu slogans and waving placards, and in Thika and Ruiru last month over corruption claims.