Detectives have launched a manhunt for Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu, his wife Susan Wangari Ndungu and twelve others for allegedly misappropriating public funds amounting to Ksh588 Million.
Manhunt launched for Waititu, his wife and associates after DPP Haji’s arrest orders [Video]
Police ready to pounce on Waititu as they effect DPP Haji's orders
Reports indicate that the detectives are on the lookout ready to pounce on the governor and his wife as well as the 12 associates following Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji’s orders on Friday evening to arrest the suspects and prosecute them in court.
His whereabouts remain unknown but Pulselive.co.ke can confirm that by the time of this publication the governor was yet to surrender himself and had not been arrested.
Waititu was among the guests at the launch of the BIDCO industrial park in Ruiru on Thursday with President Uhuru Kenyatta being the chief guest at the event.
Elaborate fraud scheme
Others being sought by the police are Lucas Wahinya (chief officer roads, Kiambu County), and tender evaluation committee members Zakary Njenga Mbugua, Joyce Musyoka, Simon Kabocho, Anselm Gachukia, and Samuel Muigai.
Also to be arrested are Charles Chege, and Beth Wangeci, who are directors of Testimony Enterprises Ltd.
DPP Haji announced on Friday that “Having independently reviewed the evidence in the inquiry file and the report, I am satisfied that there is sufficient evidence to sustain charges against the suspects”.
Investigators established that Waititu and his family were involved in irregular procurement of tenders which were awarded to companies owned by the governor’s close associates.
Once the companies received payment for the tenders, several millions were remitted to accounts linked with the governor and his family in an elaborate fraud scheme.
Waititu takes action to prevent his prosecution and raid at his homes
The suspects, once in police custody will be arraigned in court and charged with conflict of interest, abuse of office, wilful failure to comply with the law on procurement, engaging in fraudulent practices, fraudulent acquisition of property, and money laundering.
In anticipation of his arrest and a raid at his residence, the Kiambu governor had moved to court and filed an application seeking to stop his prosecution and barring authorities from conducting a search or seizing any of his possessions.
In the suit, Waititu argues that he is entitled to have information in relation to his family or private affairs not to be unnecessarily revealed.
Below is the video of the latest development in the fight against corrupution with Waititu being the latest casualty,courtesy of KTN.
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