Troubles facing the former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu are far from over, as Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) filed a suit seeking to recover Ksh 1.9 billion in unexplained wealth from the former governor.
In a report by EACC seen by Kivumbi.co.ke, between 2015 to 2020 when Waititu served as the Kabete MP and Governor of the County Government of Kiambu, he amassed wealth not proportional to his known and legitimate sources of income.
“Investigations established that Ferdinand Ndugu Waititu Babayao abused his position of trust as an MP Kabete Constituency and later as Governor Kiambu County, for private gain by engaging in transactions which conflicted with the public interest and amassed wealth that was disproportionate to his known legitimate sources of income,” EACC said in their statement.
EACC states that Waititu who was impeached for abuse of office stole public funds through fictitious and fraudulent procurement contracts.
“The contractors, upon payment, transferred proceeds of the fraudulent procurement contracts to Waititu, his wife Susan Wangari and their companies – Saika Two Estates Developers Limited, Bienvenue Delta Hotel, and Bins Management Services Limited as kick-backs,” EACC states.
According to EACC investigations, Waititu and his associates amazed Ksh 1,937,799,376 out of which the ex-governor got Sh928, 873, 317, and his wife Sh282, 871, 658.
On the hand, Saika Two Estate Developers Limited got Sh906, 329, 068, Bienvenue Delta Hotel Sh56, 924, 332, and Bins Management Services Limited Sh62, 711, 000.
The anti-corruption watchdog has sort temporary court orders prohibiting Waititu from disposing or transferring properties acquired using the funds in question.
“It is therefore just and in the public interest to prohibit the Defendants, the interested parties, their agents, servants, and/or any other persons from transferring or disposing of or otherwise dealing with the suit properties pending the hearing and determination of the Summons herein to obviate dissipation of the assets and or rendering these proceedings nugatory altogether.
“Plaintiff is reasonably apprehensive that, unless this Honourable Court issues orders aforesaid, the Defendants shall dispose of or transfer all or part of the property listed in the suit, to frustrate any decree that may be passed against them,” EACC said in their request to the court.