We have reached a point in this country where corruption is no longer ‘shocking news’. It’s almost impossible to single out a politician who has not stolen public funds or flouted laws. This corruption culture is not just in government, but in the whole society.
However, some individuals have been mentioned so many times that many Kenyans now associate them with just that. The Deputy President comes to mind, and also several governors.
One of them is Kiambu governor Ferdinand Waititu.
Just recently, he was in the news following an altercation between him and his Nairobi counterpart Mike Sonko. The latter had apparently ordered the arrest of Waititu’s wife, after she was found at an illegal construction site.
Needless to say, the building went on to be completed.
Now, Waititu is being accused again. Nominated senator Isaac Mwaura has spoken of a time when Waititu told him point blank that his plan was to accumulate wealth once he got elected as governor.
The encounter happened in the parliamentary gym. Waititu’s excuse for his planned heist was that ”Raila also stole”.
“I was part of the campaign of Governor Waititu, but I was shocked one day when we were with him at the parliamentary gym when he told me point blank, ‘Mwaura when we get into (government) we must steal because Raila Odinga stole money under Kazi Kwa Vijana and even the money he was said to have stolen is much more. He stole Ksh3.4 Billion’.”
People are making budgets to steal. I remember point blank, Ferdinand Waititu telling me at the Parliamentary gym…"Mwaura, when we get to Parliament, we must steal." #AMLiveNTV @debarlinea pic.twitter.com/x9oxs0SjX2
— NTV Kenya (@ntvkenya) May 7, 2019
The senator was speaking on NTV’s AM Live. He added that he disagreed with Waititu.
What’s more shocking? That Waititu talked of his plans to steal, or that Waititu was in a gym?