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Waititus: We can account for all our Sh1.9b wealth

Former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu and his wife Susan Wangari at a Milimani court during the mention of a corruption case facing them. [George Njunge, Standard]

The wife of former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu has defended their Sh1.9 billion wealth and accused the anti-graft commission of political witch-hunt.

Susan Wangari claims that the suit by Ethics and Ant-Corruption Commission (EACC) seeking to have their assets forfeited to the State for being proceeds of corruption was politically motivated to punish her husband for associating with President William Ruto.

“It was malicious and scandalous for the commission to link my husband and I to unexplained wealth for political reasons and to imply that we received money unprocedurally and unlawfully from public institutions totalling Sh1,937,709,376.” 

According to Wangari, their wealth was from several business ventures which they can explain and that the EACC exaggerated the amount of their assets and lied that she had more than Sh276 million in her accounts.

Although she admitted that her accounts received the amount between 2015 and 2020, she said  they were deposits from her business ventures at various intervals which she withdrew and reinvested.

“The commission’s claims that I have Sh276 million is a distortion of facts since they failed to take into consideration the debits and withdrawals from my accounts and by failing to state that the amount was not held in the account at any one given time,” said Wangari.

She added that the commission misled the public that her husband acquired the wealth when he served as Kabete MP and Kiambu governor since they have been doing various businesses for many years that contributed to their assets.

Wangari filed the affidavit in response to a suit by EACC seeking to compel them and their three companies to forfeit the assets to the State for being proceeds of corruption.

EACC claims that the Sh1.9 billion was illegally acquired by the couple from January 2015 to July 2017 when Waititu served as Kabete MP and August 2017 to January 2020 as Kiambu governor.

Among the properties the commission wants forfeited to the State are millions of shillings in the former governor’s bank accounts, several pieces of land in Kajiado, Nairobi and Kiambu counties, several motor vehicles and houses he allegedly bought in a hurry to conceal the source of funds.

Waititu’s assets targeted by the anti-graft agency include Sh805 million in his accounts, land and houses in Runda, Lucky Summer, Migaa Estate, Embakasi Ranching, Kayole and Thindigwa all valued at Sh280 million and five vehicles valued at Sh14 million.

Wangari’s assets which the commission want to seize are Sh276 million in her accounts, four parcels of land in Kitengela and Kabete valued at Sh19 million and a vehicle worth Sh400,000.

In his response to the suit, Waititu also defended his wealth saying he can account for every coin and all properties registered in his name.