In Summary
  • EACC CEO Twalib Mbarak said Mr Waititu irregularly awarded tenders worth Sh588 million to companies associated with him and his immediate family members.
  • The Council of Governors expressed its displeasure at how Mr Waititu was treated, while also expressing support for the fight against corruption.

Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu on Thursday became the fourth sitting governor to record a statement over abuse-of-office charges recently.

The governor, who was arrested early morning at his Kiambu Road residence, was brought to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) headquarters at midday and was later released on anticipatory bail.

With the EACC having retaken the lead in the fight against corruption and a new boss at the helm, indicators are that more county chiefs will be dragged to court to answer to charges of abuse of office.

Also on the EACC’s radar are Murang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria, Kitui’s Charity Ngilu and Tharaka-Nithi’s Muthomi Njuki.

Mr Wa Iria has already recorded a statement regarding the purchase of a 34-acre piece of land in Kabati at an alleged inflated price of Sh340 million.

EACC RAIDS

Ms Ngilu has been questioned on allegations of procurement irregularities in the supply and delivery of five trucks at a cost of Sh59,750,000.

Mr Njuki, on the other hand, was questioned over the procurement of an incinerator said to have been bought for Sh4 million and sold to the county for Sh34 million.

In a day of high drama, EACC detectives raided two of Mr Waititu’s homes — one on Kiambu Road and another at Garden Estate — and ransacked them for five hours.

Search operations were also conducted in the county offices and homes of the county chief’s family members, directors of private companies, and 10 senior employees.

The Council of Governors expressed its displeasure at how Mr Waititu was treated, while also expressing support for the fight against corruption.

“We must make sure that, as governors, we steer clear of corrupt practices. We support the present call on eradicating corruption in this country,” said COG chair and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya.

KAA SOBER SCHEME

Mr Waititu, EACC Chief Executive Officer Twalib Mbarak said, irregularly awarded tenders worth Sh588 million to companies associated with him and his immediate family members.

Sources indicated that 15 other county officials are targeted in the ongoing investigations, which began a while back.

This week, some current and former county officials appeared before the EACC and recorded statements over alleged graft.

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