DPP to present 2 witnesses in October as Waititu’s graft case postponed

Former Kiambu governor Ferdinand Waititu.
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Court has demanded the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) to present their two witnesses on the former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu’s graft case.

According to Milimani Anti-Corruption Court, Waititu’s case will proceed on October 14 following an adjournment request by the defense team.

The former Governor is charged by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) for abusing his office by operating secret businesses and accumulating wealth that was out of proportion to his known legitimate sources of income.

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The EACC filed the case in the High Court to recover almost Sh 2 billion that is annexed with the unexplained assets allegedly acquired unlawfully by the former Governor.

Former Kiambu governor Ferdinand Waititu.
Former Kiambu governor Ferdinand Waititu. [File: PHOTO]

“The prosecution led by Faith Mwila and Linda Mwamburi was ready with two witnesses. The prosecution has produced 27 witnesses in the case,” the Directorate of Public Prosecution (ODPP) stated.

The properties associated with Waititu include Jamii Bora apartment worth Sh200 million, Delta Hotel worth Sh 380 million, Biashara Shopping Mall worth Sh110 million, and Runda Grove worth over Sh 96 million.

Following the EACC investigations, Waititu registered the properties in the name of his wife, daughter, and agents.

The Commission traced Sh805 million to his account and Sh 276 million banked in his wife’s account.

In another related suit, ODPP indicated the hearing of the multi-billion Kimwarer and Arror Dams case had commenced before Milimani Anti-Corruption Court where Charity Mui, the first prosecution witness, was cross-examined.

Read also; high court authorizes the EACC to seize Waititu’s properties.

The witness served as the secretary for the Adhoc Technical and Evaluation Tendering Committee of the Kerio Valley Development Authority (KVDA), which evaluated the bid documents for the projects.

“Charity told Chief Magistrate Lawrence Mugambi how the accused persons conspired to float tenders for the 2 projects and awarded CMC di Ravenna- Itinera Joint Ventures even though the company did not bid for the projects,” the prosecution agency stated.

ODPP said it had lined up thirty-two witnesses in the case overseen by Special Prosecutor and Senior Counsel Taib Ali Taib.

The ex-Treasury CS Henry Kiplagat Rotich, former KVDA Managing Director David Kimosop, and 7 others are charged with conspiracy to defraud the Government of Kenya of USD 501,829,769.43 (Sh56,360,501,604.99) for the development of Arror and Kimwarer multi-purpose dam projects.

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