Why former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu is expected in court this week
Former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu will this week be in court to know his fate over a Sh588million graft case.
Nairobi News has established that the politician is expected in court on Thursday, June 20, 2023 alongside 12 others. The Milimani Anti-Corruption court will make a ruling in the case.
In a statement, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) said the 13 are facing charges of conflict of interest, abuse of office and dealing with suspect property.
“Allegations relate to the former governor’s private interest in the Sh25.6 million paid to Testimony Enterprise Limited for tenders by the county government of Kiambu when he was the governor,” EACC said in a statement.
On June 22, 2023, the investigating officer in the graft case tabled evidence showing the award of the roads and tender to Testimony Enterprises was irregular.
Mr Mohamed Hassan, a forensic investigator with EACC, told the Trial Magistrate Thomas Nzuki that Testimony forged and presented academic documents of its technical staff to the Kiambu county tender committee, to convince them they were capable of undertaking the road construction works.
The EACC officer recommended to have the directors of the company Mr Charles Chege and Ms Beth Wangechi charged because they used forged documents to clinch the tender.
Other forgeries were that of a Chinese construction firm. It is alleged that Testimony forged their documents to claim they were in a partnership so as to be awarded the roads tender.
These documents were attached to the bid documents submitted by Testimony directors for verification during the tendering process. They also form part of the evidence being used by the prosecution to nail the accused persons in the case.
The court heard the two main aspects in the Sh588million probe was the irregularity of the tender and loss of funds.