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Waititu graft case begins

NAIROBI, August 4 – A Nairobi court has been told how an accomplice of the Embakasi MP Ferdinand Waititu attempted to bribe a Kenya-Anti Corruption Commission investigator to drop a case against the legislator.

Fred Lolkurum told Senior Principal Magistrate, Cecilia Githua, on Monday that he was approached by an accomplice of Waititu’s, Jason Mwolia, who persuaded him to abandon investigations into corruption allegations against the politician, who was the Deputy Nairobi Mayor then.

“He came to me and asked to know the particulars of the case. He told me that he wanted to know if it was possible to stop the investigations because his friend was intending to vie for a parliamentary seat.”

Lolkurum claimed that he then informed his superiors, who organised an operation on April 4, 2007 in which he met Mwolia and recorded their conversations, which were then brought to court as evidence.

Mwolia allegedly asked to meet him at a city restaurant, which he obliged, but went in the company of three other anti graft officers Thomas Tirop, Victor Mugambi and Zachary Mwangi, who are also listed as witnesses.

He confirmed to the court that he was given an envelope containing Sh100,000 for the said reason.

The investigator, based at the Preliminary Investigations Division, informed the court that he was allocated the case by his superiors following allegations that Waititu was using his position to influence a tendering process at City Hall.

Lolkurum claimed that the Commission had received information that Waititu had awarded a garbage collection tender to Bulk Refuse Removal Company Limited, which the investigator said was registered in the names of the MP’s children.

Waititu is charged with attempting to bribe the graft official in February last year so as to forestall graft investigations.

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