Former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu and his wife Susan Wangari will stand trial in an alleged Sh500 million tender scandal, ruled Milimani Anti-Corruption Chief Magistrate Thomas Nzyoki.
Magistrate Thomas Nzyoki stated that the prosecution’s 32 witnesses had directly implicated Waititu, his wife, and associated companies in the road tender scandal.
He emphasized that, at this stage, he was not legally required to delve into the specifics of the evidence presented by the prosecution.
Regina Ng’ang’a, an investigator from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), provided details on how two companies allegedly owned by the accused parties received significant sums, including Sh30.6 million, from a firm that had been awarded a road construction tender late last year and early this year.
Firm paid for zero work done
EACC’s investigation revealed that Testimony Enterprises Limited, which had received substantial payments “without producing certificates required to show the work done,” received Sh180 million.
Further scrutiny uncovered that the company’s account was opened on March 27 of the previous year by its managing director Charles Chege and Beth Wangechi Mburu, who are listed as directors.
Between July and October, Testimony Enterprises Ltd transferred Sh25.4 million to Saika Two Estate Developers Limited, a company owned by Waititu and his daughter, according to EACC.
EACC alleged that funds paid to Testimony Enterprise Ltd were subsequently funneled, directly or indirectly, to high-ranking county officials, their companies, or their relatives.
The affidavit stated that this indicated the use of proxies for personal gain.