Ferdinand Waititu is likely to be out of office as the Governor of Kiambu following the order of his arrest by DPP Noordin Hajji. This is in line with Thursday’s ruling by Justice Mumbi Ngugi. The court ruled that governors charged with corruption should stay away from office and their roles completely taken over by their deputies for the duration of the trial.
In a statement to news rooms on Friday evening, DPP Haji said the county officials will face charges of irregular award of tenders worth Sh588 million and embezzlement of public funds.Others to be arrested include Governor Waititu’s wife Susan Wangari Ndung’u (director, Bienvenue Delta Hotel), Lucas Wahinya (chief officer roads, Kiambu County), and evaluation committee members Zakary Mbugua, Joyce Musyoka, Simon Kang’ethe, Anselm Wanjiku and Samuel Mugo.
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has been investigating allegations of irregular procurement of a tender for the upgrading of various gravel roads to bituminous surface in the county, awarded to M/s Testimony Enterprises Ltd worth Sh588 million during the financial year 2017/2018.It is alleged that the directors of M/s Testimony Enterprises were close associates of the governor, and they had already been paid Sh147.3 million.
“I find that the award of the contract for Ksh.588,198,328.20 in respect to tender No.CGK/RTPW&U/142/2017-2018- for the upgrading of various gravel roads to Bitumen surface in Thika, Limuru, Gatundu North, Juja and Ruiru sub-counties was skewed in favour of M/s Testimony Enterprises Ltd, and the county government officials were culpable,”the statement reads.
”The directors of M/s Testimony Enterprises Ltd were close associates of Ferdinand Ndung’u Waititu Babayao, the Governor of Kiambu County. The total amount of Ksh.147,274,055.39 have so far been irregularly paid to Testimony Enterprises Ltd in relation to the subject tender, ” DPP adds.
The DPP said he was satisfied with the findings of his investigations and ready to charge Waititu.
“Having independently reviewed the evidence in the inquiry file and the report, I am satisfied that there is sufficient evidence to sustain charges against the suspects,” DPP Noordin Haji said in a statement on Friday.