Ferdinard Waititu, his wife Susan have case to answer in Sh500m graft case
Former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu and his wife Susan Wangari are among three people found with a case to answer in the Sh588 million road construction tender graft case.
In a brief ruling, Milimani Anti-Corruption Chief Magistrate Thomas Nzyoki ruled the 32 prosecution witnesses have linked Waititu, his wife, and companies associated with him to the road tender scandal.
While putting the accused on their defence, Nzyoki said that at this stage he is not required under law to sample in detail the evidence presented before him by the prosecution.
He however said a cursory review of the evidence points to the accused persons’ involvement in the multi-million toad tender construction.
The magistrate said the prosecution has proved beyond reasonable doubt the case accused persons to warrant them being placed on their defence.
” Having considered the evidence on record, submissions by all parties herein as per Section 306 of the Criminal Procedure Code(CPC) I have arrived at a finding that the prosecution has established a prima facie case against Waititu, his wife, and their co-accused persons in Count 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,9,10,11 and 12,” Magistrate Nzyoki ruled.
As a consequence, the magistrate called upon the accused persons to state how they would defend themselves.
Waititu, his wife, and their two companies through lawyer John Swaka informed the court that they will give sworn defence from March 19,2024.
Waititu and his wife Wangari had urged the court to acquit them claiming the case against them was politically instigated since he had fallen out with the former jubilee government of retired president Uhuru Kenyatta.
Waititu was charged on July 29, 2019, with fraud, conflict of interest, dealing with suspect property, money laundering, and abuse of office.
Saika Two Estate Developers Limited, a firm owned by Waititu and his wife Susan Wangari, was said to have received more than Sh 25 million from Testimony Enterprises Limited Contractor, a firm contracted by the county government to develop roads through an irregular tendering process.
In this case Waititu faced another count together with his wife and they co-founded together being Bienvenue Delta Hotel.
It is alleged that between October 3 2018 and January 2019, the two proprietors of the said company jointly received Sh 7.2 million from testimony enterprises while having reason to believe that the said amount was acquired from Kiambu County through corrupt conduct.
Waititu and his wife are charged alongside eight others Luka Mwangi, Charles Chege, Beth Wangechi, Zacharia Njenga, Joyce Ngina, Simon Kabocho, Anselem Gachukia, Samuel Muigai, Testimony Enterprises Limited, Saika two estate developers limited and Delta hotel.