Court allows EACC to freeze Waititu’s Ksh2B wealth

By , K24 Digital
On Sat, 23 Sep, 2023 15:18 | < 1 min read
Court allows EACC to freeze Waititu's Ksh2B wealth
Ex-Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu. PHOTO/K24 Digital

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has locked former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu and his family out of their bank accounts following an order by the High Court to freeze them.

In an update on social media, EACC noted that Waititu will be forfeiting the said assets to the State pending ongoing investigations of his Ksh588 million roads tender graft charges.

The anti-graft institution said frozen accounts contain nearly Ksh2 billion of unexplained wealth.

"EACC has since obtained orders from the High Court freezing the family’s unexplained wealth amounting to nearly Ksh2 billion pending the ongoing civil suit seeking orders for forfeiture of the said assets to the State," EACC wrote on its official X account on Saturday.

In a ruling delivered on Thursday, September 21, the Anti-Corruption Court sitting in Nairobi found Waititu, his wife Susan and their co-accused with a case to answer where Milimani Chief Magistrate Thomas Nzyoki said the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) had established a prima facie case against the accused persons.

"Having considered the evidence on record, submissions by all parties herein as per Section 306 of the Criminal Procedure Code(CPC) I have arrived at a find that the prosecution has established a prima facie case against Waititu, his wife and their co-accused persons in Count 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,9,10,11 and 12," Magistrate Nzyoki ruled.

The magistrate said that the evidence adduced by the prosecution through 32 witnesses and 741 exhibits was overwhelming to enable them to be placed on their defence.

Nzyoki ruled that the 32 prosecution witnesses had linked Waititu, his wife and companies associated with him involved in the roads tender scandal.

Waititu, his wife and their two companies through lawyer John Swaka informed the court that they will give a sworn defence from March 19, 2024.

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