Waititu and his wife to face corruption charges

By Mercy Imali

Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu and his wife Susan Wangari are at the Milimani Law Courts waiting to face corruption charges. They are key suspects in a Ksh855 million scandal in Kiambu County. Wangari faces charges as a director of Bienvenue Delta hotel and Saila Two Estate Developers Limited said to have been beneficiaries of proceeds of crime.  She co-founded the two businesses with Waititu.

The two surrendered separately at Integrity Centre, Nairobi on Sunday and were swiftly detained. According to EACC Spokesman Yassin Amaro, Waititu turned himself in at around 10 am. His wife followed suit in the afternoon.

They spent the night in police custody and were driven to Milimani Law Courts on today (Monday) morning, under tight security. They will be charged alongside three other suspects, including two officials from the county accused of roles in the scandal.

The Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji said he approved charges against ten suspects. Three were arrested on Saturday. They are a director of M/S Testimony Enterprises Limited, Charles Mbuthia Chege, Tender Evaluation Committee members Joyce Ngina Musyoka and Simon Kabocho Kangethe.

“Once the funds were paid by Kiambu County Government, a total of Ksh25, 624,500 was remitted to entities associated with Waititu,” EACC said in its investigation file sent to the DPP for approval of charges. It added that Waititu bought properties including Delta Hotel in Nairobi from funds acquired corruptly