The High Court has ordered the freezing of 18 prime properties and seven vehicles belonging to former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu.
Lady Justice Esther Maina issued the orders pending the hearing and determination of a case filed by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) which is seeking to recover Sh1.94 unexplained wealth from Waititu.
The judge barred Waititu, his wife Susan Ndungú and their companies from selling, transferring, charging, disposing, wasting, or in any other way interfering with the properties and vehicles until the case is concluded.
EACC says Waititu amassed the wealth while serving as the MP for Kabete Constituency between 2015 and 2017 and as the governor for Kiambu County from 2017 to 2020.
The assets are registered in the names of his close family members and companies including his wife Susan Wangari (Sh928.9 million), Saika Two Estate Developers Limited (Sh906.3 million), Bienvenue Delta Hotel (Sh56.9 million), and Bins Management Services Limited (Sh62.7 million).
They include seven vehicles, three multi-story buildings located in Nairobi Central Business District, and 15 properties in Nairobi and Kiambu, including upmarket estates of Runda, Migaa, and Thindigua.
Among the properties targeted by EACC is the Jamii Bora building worth Sh200 million, Delta Hotel (Sh380 million), Biashara shopping Mall (Sh110 million), and Runda Grove worth over Sh96 million.
Waititu, who was impeached as Kiambu governor in 2020, allegedly made bank transactions totaling Sh928,873,317 on his personal accounts during the period while his wife handled Sh282,871,658. Saika Two Developers Limited, Bienvenu Delta Hotel, and Bins Management Services Limited transacted Sh906,329,068, Sh56,924,332, and Sh62,711,000 respectively.