Ferdinand Waititu's Ksh588 Million Graft Case Dropped

An undated image of Former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu
Former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu at a past court session.

Former Kiambu Governor was on Thursday, October 6, granted a reprieve in the Ksh588 million graft case.

His case was dropped after the prosecution failed to table evidence to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Waititu embezzled public funds through proxies and kickbacks. 

The former county boss, who was impeached in January 2020, had been charged with the irregular award of a Ksh.588 million road tender.

Former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu
Former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu

As the case proceeded, the court froze his property and motor vehicles pending the determination of the case filed by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).

Waititu, his wife Susan Wangari and other co-accused were prohibited from selling, transferring, or interfering in any other way with the properties and vehicles until the case is concluded.

On September 20, the Milimani Law Courts adjourned the hearing of the case following a request put in by the former Governor's defense counsel.

However, the Office of the Directorate of Public Prosecution protested the ruling, claiming that it had already lined up 27 witnesses to testify before the courts.

In September 2021,  Anti-Corruption Court Chief Magistrate Thomas Nzioki granted a request by the prosecution to charge Waititu, Wangari and nine other co-accused afresh after it gathered new evidence during investigations.

As part of the evidence tabled in court, a bank shared documents 45 documents detailing how Waititu allegedly moved Ksh380 million before acquiring a posh hotel in  Nairobi Central Business District (CBD).

Waititu was accused of moving the money through his contractor. 

EACC also argued that the former governor amassed wealth valued at Ksh2 billion in just five years, during which he served as Member of Parliament (MP) and county governor.

The former governor maintained that he was innocent.

Ferdinand Waititu and his wife Susan Wangari.
Ferdinand Waititu and his wife Susan Wangari walk to court in 2019.