In Summary
  • Justice Ngenye Macharia described the governor as "morally ill" while saying he must stay away until the case is determined.
  • Anti-Corruption Court magistrate Lawrence Mugambi earlier granted Mr Waititu Sh15 million cash bail but imposed tough conditions on the fiery politician and his co-accused.
  • The High Court upheld Mr Mugambi's ruling on Thursday, justice Macharia saying Deputy Governor James Nyoro and county executive committee members will take charge.
  • The court dismissed Mr Waititu's application to amend the bail terms - Sh15 million cash bail or Sh30 million bond - that the Anti-Corruption Court issued.

Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu suffered a major blow on Thursday as the High Court upheld a ruling that barred him from office over a Sh51.2 million graft case.

Justice Ngenye Macharia described the governor as "morally ill" while saying he must stay away until the case is determined.

Governor Waititu, his wife Susan Wangari and eight county officials are facing corruption charges over the irregular award of tenders worth Sh588 million.

Anti-Corruption Court magistrate Lawrence Mugambi earlier granted Mr Waititu Sh15 million cash bail but imposed tough conditions on the fiery politician and his co-accused.

When he was released from police custody on July 30, Mr Waititu did not walk back to his corner office in Kiambu town as the court ordered him to keep off.

THE RULING

The High Court upheld this ruling on Thursday, justice Macharia saying Deputy Governor James Nyoro and county executive committee members will take charge.

“The Constitution has provided for how counties will operate in the absence of a governor. It will be the same for Kiambu County,” the judge said.

She noted that the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act requires State officers and public servants charged in court to stay out of office and earn half their salaries until the cases are concluded.

She further noted that the Constitution requires Governor Waititu to conduct himself in a manner that will not bring shame to the office and the people of Kiambu.

Justice Macharia directed the county chief to collect his personal belongings from his office in the company of the investigating officer and an officer from of the office of the chief executive of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission.

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