Waititu grilled for more than 8 hours by EACC.


Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu was yesterday questioned for more than eight hours by the EACC in connection with Sh 588 million paid to firms suspected to be linked to close allies and family members.

The investigators have zeroed in on payments made by the Kiambu county government through 55 bank accounts and re-routed to third party beneficiaries in what is suspected to be massive money laundering schemes.

According to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) investigators, huge sums of money were withdrawn in cash, through cheque payments and electronic wire transfer.

“Preliminary investigations show the contractors paid monies to senior county officials, their companies or relatives through proxies,” said EACC CEO Twalib Mbarak.

The commission is also investigating suspect acquisition of public funds, conflict of interest and money laundering.

Fifteen people including the governor, members of his family, county employees and people believed to be his proxies operating contractual and supply firms are under the radar of anti-graft sleuths.

Waititu and his Chief Officer for Finance Faith Njeri Harrison have so far been granted anticipatory bail by Kiambu Senior Resident Magistrate Brian Khaemba, an order which barred barring their arrest.

“They are being grilled as a matter of procedure. No one will be detained. There is already a court anticipatory bail for the governor in force. We don’t intend to contravene that,” EACC Corporate Affairs manager Yassin Amaro said.

After the session, Waititu reiterated his innocence, saying no money has been looted under his watch and that he runs a real estate company where he and his daughter Monica Njeri Ndung’u are signatories.
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