The Director of Public Prosecutions, Noordin Haji, has instructed the police to arrest vibrant Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu aka ‘Baba Yao’ over alleged embezzlement of Ksh. 588million public funds. Waititu is to arrested alongside his wife Susan Wangari Ndung’u
The DPP said he is satisfied with evidence against Waititu and 12 other suspects linked to irregular procurement for upgrading several roads in Kiambu County.
“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 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,” reads the DPP’s statement.
Waititu and his co-accused are facing charges that include: conflict of interest, dealing with suspect property, fraudulent acquisition of public property, money laundering abuse of office, wilful failure to comply with the law relating to procurement and engaging in fraudulent practice.
The seemingly controversial Governor; Waititu, defeated William Kabogo to clinch the Kiambu Gubernatorial seat in the last General election.
Below is the full presser by the DPP;