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Waititu and his wife in remand prison after failing to meet bond terms

Waititu and his wife Susan. Photo/CFM.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 31 – Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu and his wife Susan spent a third night in custody after failing to meet bond terms.

Waititu was ordered to pay Sh15 million cash bail or a bond of Sh30 million while his wife was to pay Sh4 million or bond of 10 million.

By Tuesday evening, theirs lawyers said they had not succeeded to secure their freedom.

Waititu was taken to Industrial Area remand prison while his wife slept in Lang’ata Women’s prison.

The two were charged with corruption over an irregular tender worth Sh588 million, in which they are accused of having received kickbacks through their company Saika Two Estate Developers Limited.

They were charged alongside directors of Testimony Enterprises Limited—Charles Chege and Beth Wangeci—which was contracted by the country to upgrade roads.

Also charged are tender committee members Zakary Njenga Mbugua, Joyce Ng’ina Musyoka, Simon Kobocho Kang’ethe, Anselm Gachukia Wanjiku and Samuel Muigai Mugo as well as Engineer Lukas Wahinya who is in charge of roads in the county.

They all denied several corruption-related charges and were granted various bond terms.

Anti-Corruption Magistrate Lawrence Mugambi also ordered all of them not to set foot in the county offices until their case is heard and determined.

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Waititu’s lawyer Tom Ojienda has criticized the order and vowed to appeal, saying the ruling the magistrate relied on by Justice Mumbi Ngugi did not stop him from him from being the governor for Kiambu.

“He was only stopped from accessing his office and can therefore, choose to work from home or set up another office to do his work,” Ojienda said, “a governor does not necessarily need an office to do his work.”

Kiambu Deputy Governor James Nyoro has since declared that he is in charge of the county affairs.

Ngugi who upheld a magistrate’s decision to bar Samburu Governor Moses Kasaine from office until a corruption case against him is heard and determined.

Kasaine has since appealed the ruling.

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