Former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu Waititu is facing a new charge of dealing with public property, through his company, Saika Two Estate Limited. Waititu pleaded afresh to the Sh588 million graft case after the charge sheet was amended, to include an additional charge.
The former county chief, his wife Susan Wangari and their nine co-accused denied the charges before Magistrate Thomas Nzioki. The Director of Public Prosecutions informed the court, that they have lined up 45 witnesses to give evidence on matter and two members of the Tender committee, Beatrice Waithera and Dennis Thuku, alongside Samuel Karanja from the county ICT department, will be called as witnesses during the hearing.
The Sh588 million tender for the roads project that led to Waititu’s arraignment was awarded to Testimony Enterprise, a company owned by Charles Chege and Beth Mburu. It is also alleged that between July 2020 and March 2021, the former Kiambu Governor, knowingly acquired an indirect private interest of Sh25.6 million. This is in respect to payments made to Testimony Enterprises Limited for contracts awarded by Kiambu county government.
Waititu and his wife, also face other corruption charges, based on the dealings of the Bienvenue Delta hotel that they founded together. It is alleged that between October 2018 and January 2019, the two proprietors jointly received Sh7.2 million from the company, while having reason to believe that the said amount was acquired from Kiambu county through corrupt conduct.
This case against the governor and his cronies, has been allocated 32 days for hearing and is set to begin in March, 2022.