Waititu Speaks on Vying for 2022 Elections

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    Former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu addresses a gathering at a project launch in Kiambu County in 2019
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  • Former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu has revealed that he plans to be on the ballot during the 2022 general elections.

    Waititu, who was speaking to Kameme FM, indicated that his time in office was cut short following his impeachment in January 2020, and that he would vie for a political seat in Kiambu County.

    "I am hopeful that I will serve Kiambu residents once again because I believe that my removal from office was politically instigated," Waititu stated.

    Former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu at Movenpick Hotel during Council of Governor's election on January 20, 2020.
    Former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu at Movenpick Hotel during Council of Governor's election on January 20, 2020.
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    The politician stated that one of his biggest political mistakes was making James Nyoro his running mate.

    He added that his first choice for a running mate was former Kameme FM presenter Karungo Thang’wa but decided to go with Nyoro because he needed the corporate image.

    "The main reason why I am out of office is because of the impeachment which was led by Kiambu Speaker Stephen Ndichu and Nyoro," he added.

    He lamented that a case he had filed in court to counter the impeachment has never been heard.

    "The Kiambu county assembly reported that 63 ward reps impeached me which is not true because I was only impeached by 57 members," he maintained.

    Waititu stated that the proposed BBI referendum should address the removal of elected leaders from office. He stated that the removal from office of any leader should be a matter to be decided by the public instead of MCAs.

    "The ward representatives can be manipulated or bribed to vote in a certain way," Waititu argued.

    In January, Waititu was impeached on grounds of mishandling of county funds and conflict of interest.

    The motion to impeach Waititu was brought in the assembly on December 3, 2019, by Ndenderu MCA Solomon Kinuthia who had for long been an ardent critic of Waititu.

    In the submission, Kinuthia stated that Waititu went against the set regulations and breached the public procurement and disposal act by personally influencing the award of high enriching tenders to companies associated with his close family members.

    The impeachment charges were later upheld by the Senate. 

    Kiambu Governor James Nyoro appearing before Senate Committee on Monday, August 10, 2020.
    Kiambu Governor James Nyoro appearing before Senate Committee on Monday, August 10, 2020.
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