Ferdinand Waititu’s graft case hearing adjourned after ex-governor misses court, lawyer says he’s battling COVID-19
– Ferdinand Waititu’s lawyer said the former Kiambu governor had been taken ill after testing positive for COVID-19 – Four witnesses were set to testify in the KSh 587 million corruption case on Monday, August 30 – The prosecution was satisfied with the medical report from Lancet Laboratory and the hearing was thus postponed Former Kiambu governor Ferdinand Waititu’s graft case hearing has been adjourned after he failed to appear in court on Monday, August 31. Waititu’s lawyer John Swaka said the suspect was in isolation after he tested positive for coronavirus last week.
Waititu’s case was adjourned after it emerged he was in isolation.
The prosecution, which received the medical results from Lancet Laboratory said it was satisfied with the document about the former governor’s positive status. “We are not ready to proceed. Waititu has been unwell and I am informed he took a COVID-19 test which came back positive,” the lawyer said. Four witnesses were set to testify in the KSh 587 million graft case on Monday, August 31.
The Director of Public Prosecution( DPP) ordered for his arrest in July 2019 after it emerged he had presided over award of irregular procurement tender worth KSh 588, 198, 328 meant for the upgrading of various roads to bituminous surface in the 2017/2018 financial year. The DPP noted the tender award in question was skewed in favour of M/S Testimony Enterprises Ltd whose directors are believed to be Waititu’s close associates. Part of the funds was allegedly used by Saika Two Estate Developers to purchase Bienventure Delta Hotel owned by the governor and his wife Susan Wangari, who was also his accused.
In a separate story, the Senate on December 19 removed Waititu from office on the grounds of abuse of office allegations, corruption among other charges. In the first charge, Waititu was found guilty of gross violation of the Constitution 2010, County Government Act 2012, Public Finance Management Act 2012 and the Public Procurement and Disposal Act 2012. In this charge, 27 senators voted to impeach Baba Yao against 12.
The second charge was on crimes under the national law in which 28 senators found the county boss guilty against 11 senators. The third charge was on abuse of office and gross misconduct in which 28 senators voted in support of the charge against 11.