Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) officials are skeptical that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji might have unknowingly facilitated the escape of Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu.
Quoting a highly-placed source from the EACC, K24 TV reported that the commission had gotten wind of the governor’s whereabouts and that he was at his home in Runda.
However, before they made it to his house, the DPP released a statement to the media, on Friday evening, which might have alerted Waititu to escape.
“The DPP released his statement calling for Waititu’s arrest when we hadn’t even arrived at the suspect’s home. So, by the time we were getting there, he had already escaped,” argued an official from the commission.
On Saturday, hours after the arrest warrant was issued, headlines emerged claiming that the governor had gone into hiding.
An officer from EACC disclosed that Waititu’s phone had also been off.
“We are still looking for him, he has not been traced since Friday night. Officers have been checking his homes but he is not there,” he stated.
The governor’s wife, Susan Wangari Ndung’u, has also not been found.
Three other people who were being sought in connection with the disappearance of Ksh588 million from Kiambu county coffers were arrested on Saturday morning.
Haji wants Waititu to answer questions relating to the awarding of a tender for the upgrade of roads in Thika, Limuru, Gatundu North, Juja and Ruiru sub-counties.
The tender was awarded to Testimony Enterprise Limited.
Sleuths believe that the owners of the said company are close associates of the first-term governor.
According to the press release, a total of Ksh147,274,055.39 was irregularly paid to the firm.
Testimony Enterprise Limited was also given a tender to supply various goods and services to the county government and paid another Ksh74,216,444.40.