The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has Friday filed a suit in the High Court to recover almost Ksh 1.94 billion in unexplained assets corruptly acquired by former Governor Ferdinard Ndung’u Waititu.
This is part of ongoing recovery of public funds from several governors suspected to have accumulated illegal wealth.
It is allegedly that Waititu misappropriated public funds by issuing fraudulent procurement tenders to firms outsourced to offer services to the County Government of Kiambu when he served MP Kabete between 2015 to 2017 and the Governor of County Government of Kiambu between 2017 and 2020.
“Investigations established that the Mr. Ferdinard Ndung’u 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 public interest and amassed wealth that was disproportionate to his known legitimate sources of income,” EACC said in a statement.
The commission claims that once the payments for the fictitious contracts were made by Kiambu County, the contracted firms would forward the proceeds to a number of bank accounts and businesses registered under Waititu’s name and that of his wife, Susan Wangari.
“The contractors, upon payment transferred proceeds of the fictitious procurement contracts to Waititu, his wife (Susan Wangari) and their companies – Saika Two Estates Developers Limited, Bienvenue Delta Hotel and Bins Management Services Limited as kick-backs,” EACC said.
“The Governor further directly traded with the County through companies registered in the names of his wife, and their daughter – Suwanga Limited, Connex Logistics Africa Limited, and Modiba Management Services Limited.”
In the controversial period, Waititu allegedly made bank transactions worth Ksh 928,873,317 on his personal accounts while his wife handled Ksh 282,871,658.
Saika Two Developers Limited, Bienvenu Delta Hotel and Bins Management Services Limited respectively transacted Ksh 906,329,068, Ksh 56,924,332 and Ksh 62,711,000.
All transactions totaled to Ksh. 1,937,709,376.54
“In a bid to conceal the proceeds from fictitious/fraudulent contracts, Mr Waititu acquired 5 luxury motor-vehicles, 15 properties including in upmarket suburbs of Runda, Migaa and Thindigua, and 3 multi-storey buildings situated in Nairobi Central Business District. Some of the assets are registered in the names of companies, namely Saika Two Estate Developers, Bienvenue Delta Hotel and Bins Management Services Limited,” EACC added.