Anti-corruption Court on Thursday ruled that the former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu has a case to answer in the Ksh588 million corruption case.
The court ruled that the case in which the former governor was accused of embezzling millions should proceed to trial.
The ruling follows Waititu’s attempt to stop the case after he filed a suit seeking the court to quash the charges against him and his wife Susan Wangari.
At the time, he argued that the charge sheet had not specified which charges the duo faced.
Former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu
“We submit that placing the aforementioned accused persons on their defense will be tantamount to using them to prove the prosecution case which will be a miscarriage of justice,” noted Waititu in court filings in August.
The fpolitician further defended self noting that the Office the Public Prosecutions (ODPP), which was prosecuting the case, had failed to prove that the money was proceeds of corruption.
“In the absence of a prima facie case, we submit that the only recourse available to the court is the accused persons’ acquittal. The accused persons ought not to be placed on their defence,” Waititu’s lawyer argued t the time.
The date for mentioning and hearings is yet to be set.
In the case, Waititu and five other beneficiaries among them Wangari, were accused of allegedly benefiting from tenders amounting to Ksh 588,198,328.
In particular, investigators from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) detail that the over Ksh588 tender was awarded to a company where the governor’s proxies sit.
Waititu, however, maintained that he was innocent in the case that kicked off in 2019 a contributing factor to his then impeachment as Governor.
The tender in question is said to have been issued in February 2018.
File photo of Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi.
Judiciary of Kenya