The Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji has ordered the arrest and prosecution of Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu and 12 other county employees over alleged graft.
In a statement, DPP Haji said the county officials will face charges of irregular award of tenders worth Sh588 million and embezzlement of public funds.
Others to be arrested include Governor Waititu’s wife Susan Wangari Ndung’u (director, Bienvenue Delta Hotel), Lucas Wahinya (chief officer roads, Kiambu County), and evaluation committee members Zakary Mbugua, Joyce Musyoka, Simon Kang’ethe, Anselm Wanjiku and Samuel Mugo.
The DPP also ordered the arrest of directors of Testimony Enterprises Ltd; Charles Chege, and Beth Wangeci.
The arrest order comes days after, Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) tabled damning evidence in a bid to prove that Governor Waititu allegedly used money gotten from kickback from a contractor to partly pay for a hotel he bought in Nairobi’s University Way.
A trail of bank transfers released by EACC is aimed at revealing that the company that sold Waititu the Delta Hotel, known as Lake Naivasha Resort received Sh6 million from a road contractor who was awarded the tender under alleged influence of the Governor.
The money is thought to have been part of the payment for the acquisition of the hotel which Waititu earlier told the media cost him hundreds of millions. Waititu also bought another prime building located at the intersection of Biashara Street and Koinange Street also worth hundreds of millions.
Questions were raised earlier over the source of the money that the governor used to pay for the two buildings, but he explained that he sold two petrol stations along Kangundo Road in Nairobi and topped it up with a bank loan.
The trail of bank transfers investigated by the EACC indicates that the governor received Sh25.6 million, alleged to be kickbacks out of the Sh221.4 million the county paid to the contractor, known as Testimony Enterprises Limited.
The money, EACC maintains, was channelled through proxies, mainly family members including his wife and daughter.
-Mt Kenya Star