High Court has frozen former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu’s 18 prime properties and 7 vehicles pending the hearing and determination of a graft case the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) filed against him.

This comes after EACC moved to court to seek an injunction to seize Sh1.94 billion worth of assets owned by the former Kiambu Governor

EACC judge Esther Maina issued the injunction orders restraining Waititu, his wife Susan Ndung’u and their companies from selling, transferring or interfering with the properties and vehicles in any way until the conclusion of the case.

An order of injunction is hereby issued restraining the defendants and interested parties, their agents, servants, and or any other persons from selling, transferring, charging, disposing, wasting or in any other way alienating the following properties pending the hearing and determination of this application,” Maina ruled.

Waititu’s properties worth which were frozen are located in Nairobi, Kajiado and Kiambu counties. They are found in Runda, Thindigua, Kabete, Kitengela, Kayole and Nairobi CBD.

The vehicles that were listed under the injunction include 2 Toyota Land Cruisers, Toyota Double Cabin, Toyota Ractis, Toyota Probox, Toyota Vitz and a Catapillar.

The EACC accused Waititu of fraudulently amassing wealth worth Sh1.94 billion between 2015 and 2020 before he was impeached over the misappropriation of public funds through the issuance of fraudulent procurement tenders to outsourced entities for services.

The commission also said investigations established that indeed Waititu abused his position of trust both as a Kabete MP and Kiambu governor for selfish ends.

“Investigations established that the Mr. Ferdinard Ndung'u Waititu Babayao abused his position of trust as a Member of Parliament - Kabete Constituency and later as Governor - Kiambu County for private gain by engaging in transactions which were in conflict with public interest and amassed wealth that was disproportionate to his known legitimate sources of income,” EACC said.

According to EACC, once Kiambu County made payments to the questionable entities awarded the tenders, they would later transfer the proceeds to various accounts registered under Waititu and his wife’s names.

“The contractors, upon payment transferred proceeds of the fictitious procurement contracts to Waititu, his wife (Susan Wangari) and their companies - Saika Two Estates Developers Limited, Bienvenue Delta Hotel and Bins Management Services Limited as kick-backs,” EACC said.

Waititu was also accused of trading directly with Kiambu County through companies registered under his wife and daughter namely Suwanga Limited, Connex Logistics Africa Limited, and Modiba Management Services Limited.

Waititu is said to have made Sh928,873,317 worth of bank transactions on his personal accounts while his wife handled Sh282,871,658.

During that period, Two Developers Limited, Bienvenu Delta Hotel and Bins Management Services Limited, all linked to Waititu transacted Sh906,329,068, Sh56,924,332 and Sh62,711,000 respectively and all the transactions amounted to Sh1,937,709,376.