former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu

On Monday, June 5, 2023, the trial of allegations of corruption involving a Ksh588 million road building procurement was postponed because former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu and his wife Susan Wangari could not show up.


Waititu is still being treated at the Aga Khan Hospital after collapsing at his house on Sunday night, the couple's lawyer, John Swaka, said. Milimani Chief Magistrate Thomas Nzyoki Waititu did not manage to appear in court.


Sakwa said that his wife, Susan Wangari, who is also a defendant in the case, drove him to the hospital.


Lawyer Swaka said, "I was notified early this morning that my client Waititu and his wife Wangari are in the hospital as a result of his collapse yesterday and subsequent rushing to Aga Khan, where he is hospitalised.


The attorney said he will provide medical records to the court as soon as possible to demonstrate the patient's hospitalisation and treatment while requesting a postponement of proceedings.


Magistrate Nzyoki, who also gave the attorney instructions to provide the medical records, postponed the case until Tuesday, June 6, 2023.


"There are no medical records that have been given to me. I ordered that the topic be discussed the next day. Everyone who has been charged must appear in court. On the subject of hospitalisation, medical records would be made available, the magistrate stated.


Wangari was also told to show up in court.


A document examiner was scheduled to give testimony in the case at a subsequent hearing.


The prosecution witness was expected to provide evidence-based on an analysis of payment vouchers and contract assessment reports signed by county government representatives from Kiambu County.


A deal between Superior Phone Ltd. and Saika Two Ltd., a business connected to Waititu, was another matter on which he was to testify.


The witnesses are required to inform the court if Waititu signed the contract and to provide a report on the results of the signature inspection.


On July 29, 2019, Waititu was accused of committing fraud, a conflict of interest, dealing with questionable property, laundering proceeds of crime, and abuse of office.


It was reported that the company controlled by Waititu and his wife, Susan Wangari, Saika Two Estate Developers Limited, earned more than Sh25 million from Testimony Enterprises Limited Contractor, a company hired by the county government to build roads after a shady bidding procedure.


Waititu and his wife, who co-founded the Bienvenue Delta Hotel, were both involved in this case and faced a second count jointly.


The two owners of the aforementioned firm are accused of receiving Ksh7.2 million in total from testimony enterprises between October 3 and January 2019, despite having grounds to suspect that the money came from Kiambu County via corrupt means.


In addition to eight other people, Waititu and his wife are accused. Testimony Enterprises Limited, Saika Two Estate Developers Limited, Delta Hotel, Luka Mwangi, Charles Chege, Beth Wangechi, Zacharia Njenga, Joyce Ngina, Simon Kabocho, Anselem Gachukia, and Samuel Muigai

 

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