Kenya orders arrest of Governor, wife over alleged inflated contract
London, July 27, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Director of Public Prosecution in Kenya Noordin Haji has ordered the arrest of Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu and his wife Susan Wangari Ndung’u over alleged embezzlement of Ksh. 588million public funds.
The DPP said he was 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 statement reads.
It adds: “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.”
Waititu and his co-accused are to be charged with conflict of interest, dealing with suspect property, abuse of office, wilful failure to comply with the law relating to procurement and engaging in fraudulent practice.
Other charges to preferred against them include fraudulent acquisition of public property and money laundering.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has launched a crackdown on corruption that has brought some of his most senior ministers into investigators’ sights.
The authorities are intensifying their efforts to curb graft, which Kenyatta has described as a threat to national security, to make more funds available for the president’s so-called Big Four agenda — a plan to boost manufacturing and farm output, as well as access to housing and healthcare.
On Monday, former finance minister turned himself over to authorities to face corruption charges, just months after taking out a newspaper ad to defend himself.
Henry Rotich was arraigned on Tuesday for alleged for corruption and financial misconduct, charges he vehemently denied