Defiant Waititu Refuses to Attend Night Meeting Ordered by President Uhuru

    Governor Ferdinand Waititu in Court
    Governor Ferdinand Waititu in Court

    Kiambu Governor, Ferdinand Waititu, on Monday night, skipped a crucial night meeting which was convened by Energy Principal Secretary Joseph Njoroge under the order of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

    The night event was attended by a majority of lawmakers from the area, some parastatal heads as well as church leaders.

    Speaking to the media, Njoroge disclosed that the meet-up was necessary and discussed challenges that hampered the implementation of the projects in the area.

    “We met will all county leaders together with technical officers from ministries implementing various projects to engage on progress, challenges and status of various projects in the county.

    “It was a meeting like no other where we had politicians, but there was no politics. It was a meeting that purely focused on service delivery to the people of Kiambu,” he explained.

    He also acknowledged that development was lagging in the Central region and promised that the meeting was not a one-time thing and that it would expand to the neighbouring Nyeri and Meru counties.

    Waititu’s deputy James Nyoro also attended the meeting.

    Other notable personalities who were present include Thika MP Patrick Wainaina, Wanjiku Kibe (MP, Gatundu North), Moses Kuria (MP, Gatundu South), Gabriel Kago (MP, Githunguri), Jonah Mburu(MP, Lari), Peter Mwathi (MP, Limuru)and Ruiru’s Simon Kinga’ara.

    On July 30, Waititu was released on as a Sh5 million bond and ordered not to return to the office until a case, in which he is accused of embezzling Ksh588 million, has been heard and determined.

    The governor is staring at a second charge which could be a political knockout for the key political pillar in Central Kenya to Deputy President William Ruto.

    Waititu is staring at a second graft charge as detectives finalize probing a controversial rehabilitation project dubbed Kaa Sober that has gobbled up Sh1 billion.

    Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission has quietly grilled top officials in the Waititu administration, compounding trouble for the governor already being tried for Sh588 million corruption case.

    EACC detectives have also visited several wards in Kiambu County, focusing on the number of beneficiaries.

    The Kaa Sober project was started in February 2018 but there has been controversy over the number of beneficiaries. It allegedly had many loopholes for looting.

    Initially, Waititu said there were 6,500 beneficiaries who were paid Sh400 daily for doing menial jobs. This amounted to over Sh2 million per day.

    Some local leaders, among them Kiambu Senator Kimani Wamatangi and Woman Representative Gathoni Wa Muchomba, doubted the number of beneficiaries, arguing that the figure was exaggerated to facilitate fraud, especially after the governor kept flip-flopping on the figures.

    Kaa Sober opponents dismissed it as ineffective, wasteful and unsustainable with some saying it was a fertile ground for corruption to thrive.

    Auditor General Edward Ouko also poked holes in the use of the money. He found no documentation to support the numerous expenditures incurred under the programme, sparking speculation that Kaa Sober could have been a cash cow.

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