Waititu freed on Ksh 15M, barred from accessing County offices

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The court has barred Kiambu County Governor Ferdinand Waititu from accessing County offices pending hearing and determination of a criminal case against him.

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After spending Monday night in custody, 10 suspects including Kiambu County Governor Ferdinand Waititu and his wife Susan Wangari Ndung’u secured their freedom after the court granted them bail.

The suspects were released on bail with the judge setting the bail terms for the Governor at Ksh 15 million cash bail or bond of Ksh 30 million.

The other suspects including Waititu’s wife Susan Wangari, County Chief Officer for Roads Lukas Wahinya, five members of the Kiambu County Tender Evaluation Committee and two directors of Testimony Enterprises Limited were ordered to pay a cash bail ranging between Ksh 1 million to Ksh 4 million.

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Governor Ferdinand Waititu will, however, have to perform his duties outside county offices after the court imposed several conditions to all the accused persons.

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The suspects are facing multiple counts including abuse of office, conflict of interest, dealing with suspect property and irregular procurement of a tender awarded to a company for the upgrading of various roads in Kiambu County.

Chief Magistrate Lawrence Mugambi ordered Waititu alongside 9 other suspects facing corruption-related charges relating to a Ksh 588 million scandal to surrender their passports and travel documents to the courts.

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The case will be heard on 26th August 2019.

According to the charge sheet, it is alleged that between July 2, 2018, and March 13, 2019, the governor received Ksh 25,624,500 from Testimony Enterprises Limited; a company that had been awarded contracts by the Kiambu County Government and which is heavily linked to the governor.

Waititu allegedly received 18,410,500 from Testimony Enterprises Limited through Saika Two Estate Developers Ltd a company he is reported to be a director and 7,214,000 through Bienvenue Delta Hotel, where the governor and his wife are also directors.

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A total of eight individuals’ out of the 10 being sought over the 588 million shillings scandal are in custody.

Engineer Lukas Wahinya the county Chief Officer Roads was charged with abuse of office while the county evaluation committee members faced charges of willful failure to comply with procurement laws.

While seeking their release on bail defence lawyer Tom Ojienda argued in court that the governor is a public servant and hence would not jump bail and his wife Susan Wangari Waititu lost her passport hence is not a flight risk.

The governor and his wife Susan were arrested on Sunday after surrendering themselves to EACC detectives.

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