BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,2ND JUNE,2022-The High Court has granted the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) orders freezing 18 prime properties and 7 motor vehicles belonging to former Governor Ferdinand Waititu, his family members and companies associated with him.
This pending the hearing and determination of the Ksh 1.9 Billion unexplained wealth case against the Governor.
Lady Justice Esther Maina has also restrained Waititu, wife Susan Ndungú and their companies from selling, transferring, charging, disposing, wasting or in any other way interfering with the properties and vehicles until the case is concluded.
The orders come after EACC filed a suit in the High Court to recover almost Ksh 2 Billion in unexplained assets allegedly acquired through corruption from the former Governor.
The Commission said the suit is part of ongoing recovery of public funds from several Governors suspected to have accumulated illicit wealth.
In a statement recently EACC CEO Twalib Mbarak said, “EACC seeks to recover public funds from a significant number of sitting and former Governors suspected to have accumulated unexplained wealth during their tenure. We are preparing to file more suits for forfeiture of the stolen assets to the state.”
The Commission has however come under attack by a section of elected leaders who accuse EACC of carrying out selective investigations on Governors affiliated to the United Democratic Party.
DP Ruto in a meeting with European Union Ambassadors said the Commission as well as other institutions in the fight against corruption have been weaponised against his supporters while protecting other corrupt leaders who have the favour of the Government.