Waititu tests positive for COVID-19, skips corruption case

Former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu has tested positive for Covid-19, his lawyer confirmed on Monday. – By Enock Mukoma.

While appearing in court for the hearing of a Sh580 million graft case, the lawyer admitted that the proceedings would not be able to take off as his client was not present in the courtroom.

The lawyer, John Swaka, conveyed that Mr Waititu has been unwell for over a week.

“We are not ready to proceed. Waititu has been unwell since last week and I am informed that he exhibited symptoms and was directed to take the test which confirmed the position of COVID-19.

Waititu was charged on July 29, 2019 with fraud, conflict of interest, dealing with suspect property, money laundering and abuse of office.

According to the courts, Saika Two Estate Developers Limited, a firm owned by Waititu and his wife Susan, was said to have received more than Sh25 million from Testimony Enterprises Limited Contractor — a firm contracted by the county government to develop roads through an irregular tendering process.

The Kiambu County Assembly later impeached Waititu, a verdict that was upheld by the Senate in January 2020 despite allegations of flawed county assembly proceedings.