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The story of Ferdinand Waititu: From Councilor to Governor

POLITICS
By Brian Ukaya | July 29th 2019
Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu [Courtesy]

Born on January 1, 1962, Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu began his political journey back in 2002 when he was elected councilor for Njiru Ward.

The vocal politician also held the position of Nairobi Deputy mayor before serving as assistant minister in the ministry of water and irrigation during retired President Mwai Kibaki’s regime.

Waititu later served as a Member of Parliament for Embakasi between 2008 and 2013 but was suspended from his government job over claims of incitement and hate speech.

Waititu being led away by police during a demonstration [Courtesy].

He later re-emerged on the political scene in 2013 when he vied for the Nairobi gubernatorial seat but lost to former Governor Evans Kidero.

Popularly known as Baba Yao, Waititu was to vie for the Kabete Parliamentary seat after the death of the area MP George Muchai.

He clinched the seat and served as Kabete MP until 2017 when he announced his ambition to contest for the Kiambu gubernatorial seat.

He beat the incumbent William Kabogo in the 2017 General Election making him Governor of Kiambu County.

Waititu and former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo [Courtesy].

Just recently, Waititu has been on EACC’s radar over alleged questionable expenditure at the county that started with the controversial ‘Kaa Sober’ programme which cost over Sh2 million per day without the county assembly’s approval.

He was also accused of irregular awarding of tenders worth Sh588 million and embezzlement of public funds.

Governor Waititu was on Sunday, July 28, arrested after he presented himself at the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission offices in Nairobi, after days of being on the run.

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