Waititu, wife to spend another night in police cell

Waititu, wife to spend another night in police cell

Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu and his wife Susan Wangari Ndung’u will spend Monday night in police custody pending a ruling on their bail application on Tuesday.

Appearing before Magistrate Lawrence Mugambi, the two alongside eight other suspects were charged over a Ksh.588 million irregular tender.

Other accused persons include the County Chief Officer for Roads, Lukas Wahinya, five members of the Kiambu County Evaluation Committee and two directors of Testimony Enterprises Limited.

The governor and his wife were charged with conflict of interest and dealing with suspect property.

The court heard that between July 2, 2018 and March 13, 2019, the governor received Ksh.25,624,500 from Testimony Enterprises Limited; a company that had been awarded contracts by the Kiambu County Government.

He allegedly received Ksh.18,410,500 from Testimony Enterprises Limited through Saika Two Estate Developers Ltd — a company in which he is reported to be a director — and Ksh.7,214,000  through Bienvenue Delta Hotel, where the governor and his wife are also directors.

Lukas Wahinya; the county Chief Officer Roads, was charged with abuse of office while the county evaluation committee members faced charges of wilful failure to comply with procurement laws.

They denied all the charges.