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EACC holds Waititu for questioning in graft-related case

EACC detectives raided his houses in Garden City and Runda at dawn on Thursday and have been searching them since then/file

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 23 – Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu was on Thursday questioned at the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) headquarters over alleged irregular awarding of tenders valued at a whopping Sh588 million.

The Governor and other people including his daughter are also being examined for alleged fraudulent acquisition of public funds, conflict of interest and money laundering.

EACC Chief Executive Officer Twalib Mbarak, said the tenders were awarded to companies associated with the Governor and members of his immediate family.

According to preliminary investigations, Mbarak said in a statement that contractors “paid money to senior County officials, their companies or relatives through proxies.”

The anti-graft agency detectives had earlier raided his homes, offices and those of his family members, directors of private companies and ten senior employees of the County Government.

The Governor who is being held at EACC headquarters was picked from his Runda home on Thursday morning after hours of search.

“During the searches, valuable evidence relevant to the investigations was recovered,” the CEO said.

“The suspects are currently being interrogated at the EACC headquarters, Integrity Centre to further investigations.”

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