BY NT CORRESPONDENT.
Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu who was arrested by Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission over corruption probe graft has been granted a Sh 500, 000 anticipatory bail by a Kiambu court.
This is after the Governor through his lawyer Ashiolya Bikoan filed an application seeking to have him released on anticipatory bail pending investigation over alleged irregular tenders worth Sh588million and money laundering.
Kiambu Law Courts Principal magistrate Brian Khaemba also granted Waititu’s daughter Faith Njeri Harrison similar bail of SH 500 000 who was also arrested in connection to the ongoing probe.
“I find that the application by the applicants met all the requirements for anticipatory bail. i order each of them to be released on Sh 500,000,”ruled Khaemba.
The court also ordered the two be escorted to a nearby police station accompanied by their lawyer so that the can be informed of what led to their arrest.
Khaemba further order Waititu and his Daughter Njeri to serve the DPP, DCI,IG,EACC and Banking Fraud Unit with the application before the hearing of the application on May 30,2019.
The court also warned served respondents from ignoring court orders, saying that it will be considered as contempt of court, which is liable to fine or imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or both.
” That summons to be issued to DPP,DCI and IG personally to show cause why in the event that the order of this court is disrespected in relation to the applicants,” directed the magistrate.
Waititu was arrested by the EACC detectives on yesterday they raided his homes in search of documents linking him to an irregular tender award of Sh.588 million.
EACC in a statement said the Kiambu Governor is suspected of awarding tenders to companies associated with him and members of his immediate family.
” As part the ongoing investigation, search operations were conducted by EACC on May 23, 2019 in the homes and offices of the Kiambu County Governor, his family members, directors of private companies and ten senior employees of the county government,”reads the statement in part.
EACC chief Executive Twalim Mbarak further revealed that contractors paid monies to senior county officials, their companies or relatives through proxies.
He further noted that valuable evidence related to the investigations was recovered during the early morning raid.
Njeri who is a student at Strathmore university was later arrested in the evening after over claims of Sh 100 million alleged to have been deposited in her account withing a period of 8 months.