DPP orders arrest of Waititu, 12 others over graft charges

Written By: Christine Muchira

Director of Public Prosecutions has ordered arrest of Kiambu Governor Waititu and 12 others on allegations of irregular awarding of tender for upgrading of roads and embezzlement of public funds.

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Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission investigated the accused persons on allegations of irregular procurement of a tender for the upgrading of various gravel roads to Bituminous surface in Kiambu County, awarded to M/s Testimony Enterprises Ltd worth Ksh588,198,328.20 million during the financial year 2017/2018.

The investigating body alleged that the directors of M/s Testimony Enterprise Ltd who were awarded the tenders were close associates of Governor Waititu and have so far been irregularly paid Ksh147,274,005.39 in relation to the tender.

The firm was awarded other contracts for provision of various goods that amounted to over Ksh74 million and have already been paid too.

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Mis Testimony Enterprises Limited contractor has already been paid a total of Kshs.221,490,499.80 by the county, the firm later remitted Kshs. 25,624,500 to entities associated with Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Ndung’u Waititu.

In a statement the Director of Public Prosecutions noted that he had sufficient evidence to sustain charges.

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“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,” said DPP Nordin Hajji.

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The charges against the suspects include conflict of interest, abuse of office, willful failure to comply with the law on procurement, engaging in a fraudulent practice in procurement, dealing with suspect property, fraudulent acquisition of public property and money laundering.

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The decision by the DPP comes at a time when Waititu has filed an application at the high court seeking to stop his prosecution.



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