Kaimbu Governor Ferdinand Waititu is expecting the courts will be lenient to him today following the Monday orders that he was not supposed to set foot in his office in Kiambu. Earlier on, Waititu had struggled to raise the 19M bail for him and his wife, as set by the courts on. The governor was supposed to post 15M while his wife Susan Ndung’u was supposed to hand in 4M. The two had been at the Industrial Area and Langata Women’s Prisons respectively before paying the amount on Thursday.
Waititu expects the courts will reduce his bail terms and lessen some of the orders, including that he cannot set foot in his office. The governor, his wife and senior Kiambu County officials have been charged over irregular tender worth Sh588 million.
Two other accused persons — Mr Luka Mwangi, who was ordered to deposit a cash bail of Sh15 million to secure his release, and Mr Charles Chege — were still at the Industrial Area Remand prison.
Separately, a stand-off is brewing in the county , pitting allies of deputy governor James Nyoro against those of Mr Waititu over the running of county affairs, particularly as regards the chairing of Cabinet meetings. Deputy Governor James Nyoro had assumed office as the governor following orders by the courts that Waititu should not set foot in the County Offices.
“The meetings that the acting governor has been chairing do not qualify to be called official Cabinet meetings. There are structures for a Cabinet meeting. They are only called by the county secretary on orders from the chairman, who in this case is the governor,” said Youth Affairs, Sport and Communication Affairs Karungo Thangw’a.