Bank Tables 45 Documents Revealing How Waititu Moved Ksh380 Million

An undated image of Former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu in court
Former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu in court in 2019.

A bank official has tabled 45 documents in court revealing how former Kiambu governor Ferdinand Waititu alias Baba Yao allegedly moved Ksh380 million before acquiring a posh hotel located in Nairobi Central Business District (CBD).

The court had summoned the bank official on Wednesday, June 29 to shed light on Waititu's involvement in a kickback scheme to acquire the facility.

The 45 documents tabled before Milimani Law Courts disclosed the financial transactions and trail of bank transfers between the county government, the road contractor and business entities owned by Waititu.

Former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu casts his vote at Wangige Market on Thursday April 14, 2022.
Former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu casts his vote at Wangige Market on Thursday, April 14, 2022.

His property mentioned in court include Bienvenue Delta Hotel which is located on University Way in Nairobi.

While making his submission before Chief Magistrate Thomas Nzioki, the banker affirmed that the former governor moved money through his contractor.

The testimony statement further indicated that the transactions happened between 2017 and 2019 and different amount of money was wired and in some instances through cheques.

The prosecution witness also presented 11 cheques drawn by testimony in favour of his two properties including the Bienvenue Delta Hotel

The 45 documents included bank statements, account opening papers and funds transfer documents.

"I am the one who supplied the documents to the investigating officer and certified the account opening documents," the witness told court.

Waititu in previous court appearances maintained that he was innocent dismissing all the allegations leveled against him.

The Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) had first presented its evidence in court detailing how Waititu amassed wealth valued at Ksh2 billion in just five years.

EACC detailed how the former Kiambu boss joined the billionaires club by engaging in transactions that failed to align with the public interests.

According to the report, Waititu's wealth was disproportional to his known legitimate sources of income. The report noted that Waititu built his multi-billion empire between 2015 and 2020.

"Investigations established that Ferdinand Ndugu Waititu Babayao abused his position of trust as a Member of Parliament – Kabete Constituency and later as Governor – Kiambu County, for private gain by engaging in transactions which were in conflict with the public interest and amassed wealth that was disproportionate to his known legitimate sources of income,” EACC stated.

Ferdinand Waititu
Former Kiambu Governor’s Ferdinand Waititu and his wife, Susan Ndung’u at a rally in 2018
Ferdinand Waititu
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