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– Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had ordered for arrest of Waititu over alleged embezzlement of county funds

– Detectives from Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) have been looking for the county boss and his wife

– The governor was accused of presiding over award of irregular procurement tender worth KSh 588 million meant for development

Embattled Kiambu governor Ferdinand Waititu has come out of hiding and surrendered himself to the authorities after an arrest warrant was issued against him in relation to graft allegations.

The county chief has been missing since the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji ordered for his arrest on Friday, July 26.

READ ALSO: Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu, wife go into hiding as EACC detectives raid their home

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission detectives have been looking for Waititu and his wife since the DPP ordered for their arrest on Friday, July 26. Photo: Standard.
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Waititu presented himself at the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) headquarters on Sunday morning and was immediately apprehended.

The EACC detectives were looking for both the governor and his wife Susan Wangari and even raided their homes on Saturday morning but could not find any of them.

READ ALSO: Governor Waititu claims corruption charges manufactured to force him into supporting Raila’s 2022 bid

The detectives had, however, managed to arrest three other key suspects in the KSh 588 million corruption scandal.

Among those already in police custody were director of M/s Testimony Enterprises Limited Charles Mbuthia Chege, members of the tender evaluation committee Joyce Ngina Musyoka and Simon Kabocho Kangethe.

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Waititu was accused of presiding over award of irregular procurement tender worth KSh 588, 198, 328 meant for upgrading of various roads to bituminous surface in the 2017/2018 financial year.

The DPP noted the tender award in question was skewed in favour of M/S Testimony Enterprises Ltd whose directors are believed to be Waititu’s close associates.

At least KSh 147, 274, 055 was irregularly paid to M/S Testimony Enterprises Ltd. The contractor was also awarded other contracts which included supply of goods worth KSh 74, 216, 444 according to the DPP.

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READ ALSO: Governor Waititu’s deputy, 10 MCAs want answers on how ‘State House budget’ was spent

Part of the funds was allegedly used by Saika Two Estate Developers to purchase Bienventure Delta Hotel owned by the governor and his wife.

Waititu and his wife Wangari were listed as owners of Saika Two Estate Developers.

Notably, even before Haji ordered for his arrest, the county boss was already in the eye of the storm following explosive audit reports which brought to light a plethora of questionable budget allocations and dubious expenditures by his administration.

He had initially been arrested over the corruption allegations but was released on bail under controversial circumstances.

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Nigerian stars demand justice for student raped, killed in empty church

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Nigerian stars have joined calls for the arrest and prosecution of person(s) behind the rape and killing of a microbiology student, Uwaila Vera Omozuwa, at an empty church in Benin City, southern Nigeria, on Saturday, May 30, 2020.

At the forefront on why the culture of rape in Nigeria should end and perpetrators of such heinous crimes brought  to book, is former Big Brother Naija housemate Khafi Kareem who on June 2, via Twitter, revealed that she was, at some point in her life raped too, and demanded justice for Omozuwa.

Sharing the struggles of victims, Khafi said she confided the harrowing experience to a close associate who blamed her for getting raped.

The reality TV star narrated that the backlash after the harrowing ordeal made her feel guilty and ashamed.

She forgave the rapist, who blamed alcohol for the act, a move she says she does not want repeated and urged victims to speak out and feel no shame in sharing their stories.

“#WhyIDidntReport – because he apologised right after. Because I made myself believe him being drunk was an excuse. Because the one person I did tell said I caused it. Because I felt dirty and ashamed. #WeAreTired,” tweeted the personality.

“Yes, this did happen to me. I’m sharing in the hope that others will feel no shame in sharing what happened to them. Please don’t deflect or say it is not my story when it was already hard enough sharing it.”

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Nigerian stars have joined calls for the arrest and prosecution of persons behind the rape and killing of a microbiology student, Uwaila Vera Omozuwa, at an empty church in Benin City, southern Nigeria, on Saturday, May 30, 2020.

At the forefront on why the culture of rape in Nigeria should end and perpetrators of such heinous crimes brought to book, is former Big Brother Naija housemate Khafi Kareem who on June 2, via Twitter, revealed that she was, at some point in her life raped too, and demanded justice for Omozuwa.

Sharing the struggles of victims, Khafi said she confided the harrowing experience to a close associate who blamed her for getting raped.

The reality TV star narrated that the backlash after the harrowing ordeal made her feel guilty and ashamed.

She forgave the rapist, who blamed alcohol for the act, a move she says she does not want to be repeated and urged victims to speak out and feel no shame in sharing their stories.

“#WhyIDidntReport – because he apologised right after. Because I made myself believe him being drunk was an excuse. Because the one person I did tell said I caused it. Because I felt dirty and ashamed. #WeAreTired,” tweeted the personality.

“Yes, this did happen to me. I’m sharing in the hope that others will feel no shame in sharing what happened to them. Please don’t deflect or say it is not my story when it was already hard enough sharing it.”

Omozuwa, 22, a student at the University of Benin was found in a pool of blood inside the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) by a security guard.

According to RCCG spokesman Olaitan Olubiyi, Omuzuwa was a member of the choir and had since the lockdown sought the quiet of the empty church to study as there is no public library in the area.

“We are all devastated by her death. She decided to do some private studies during the lockdown because the church was peaceful. She’s been taking the key from the parish pastor and returning it after her studies. But that day she didn’t return it and the night guard who resumed duty found her in a pool of her own blood and half-naked in the church hall,” Olubiyi told CNN.

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Her mother, heartbroken, told Town Crier that the violence meted on her daughter was harrowing, “I ran [to the church] but before I got there, they took her to a private hospital and when I saw my daughter, I cried. They raped her; the dress she was wearing that morning was white. The white had turned to red; all her body was full of blood.”

In a statement, General Overseer Enoch Adeboye, the leader to the church billed as one of the largest denominations in Nigeria, condemned the act and saying the church was liaising with police.

“All I can do at this time is to pray for the family of Omozuwa and do everything possible working with relevant authorities to bring the perpetrators to book… I and members of my Family condemn this act strongly and urge everyone to stay calm as we are already looking into the matter and cooperating with the police to establish the facts of the shocking situation… #justiceforuwa,” he said.

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