On Wednesday 21st October, former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu failed to attend his court hearing. The actions of the late Governor infuriated trial magistrate Thomas Nzuki who is handling the matter.
While addressing the court, Waititu’s lawyer John Sawka produced clinical notes to prove that the former Governor is on a 7-day bed rest period. According to the lawyer, Waitutu’s Physician recommended the bed rest to ensure he gets well. The former Governor allegedly complained of a headache, dizziness, and chest pains.
Magistrate Thomas Nzuki was furious that Waititu did not attend the hearing.
“Let people attend hearings. I don’t want to hear adjournments. Don’t come and generate another medical opinion,” he said.
The previous hearing date
On the previous hearing date of Waititu’s case, his lawyer told the court that Waititu had contracted Covid-19 and was unwell. Therefore, he could not attend court for the hearing. The former Kiambu Governor is currently out on a Ksh30 million bond. At the time, lawyer John Sawka also asked for an adjournment. Deputy Director of Public Prosecution Nicholas Mutuku did not oppose the requst for adjournment.
Magistrate Thomas Nzuki allowed the adjournment noting that the application had merit. However, he ordered that lawyer John Sawka produces medical reports to prove that the former Governor had indeed contracted Covid-19.
“The Director of Public Prosecutions will do background checks to verify the information,” Magistrate Nzuki said after allowing the adjournment.
Ferdinand Waititu, his wife Susan Wangari and 8 others are facing corruption judges.The former Governor and his counterparts allegedly had a role to play in a Ksh588million tender which was awarded irregularly.
Kiambu Members of County Assembly impeached Waititu when the issue came to light. In May, 2020, the former Governor revealed that his politician friends had deserted him.
“I have now understood the politics better. When I was Kiambu Governor, I used to receive a lot of calls from different people especially politicians seeking different favours from me. Now they don’t pick my calls when I call them,” Waititu lamented.