23 May 2019

Kenya: Governor Waititu's City Homes Raided By Detectives

Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) detectives on Thursday morning raided two homes belonging to Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu.

Governor's homes in Runda and Garden Estate were searched for documents in the dawn raid as the EACC stepped up their graft probe over audit queries in Kiambu county.

Sources at the scene, who spoke to Nairobi News on condition of anonymity, said that 15 other officials of Kiambu county government are targeted in the ongoing investigations.

'KAA SOBER'

The outspoken governor, popularly known as Baba Yao, is under the EACC spotlight over alleged corruption in a number of his county programmes, including 'Kaa Sober', which was aimed at rehabilitating alcoholics.

In February, through the campaign, the Governor splashed Sh100 million on 5,000 reformed alcoholics. Each of the reformed alcoholics was awarded Sh20,000 to start an income generating project.

FINANCIAL STATEMENT

Early this month, the Kiambu County Government presented the Senate with a financial statement which showed that it may have allocated more than Sh1 billion in its last year's budget on functions undertaken by the national government.

In the budget, Kiambu County had allocated Sh180 million for the administration of benefits to retired presidents, Sh973 million on the coordination of State House functions and Sh800 million for free primary education.

Waititu later blamed the regime of former Governor William Kabogo for preparing the 2017/18 budget that drew ridicule from Kenyans.

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