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Waititu: Why I refused to bail out my son

By Njange Maina
Monday, April 12th, 2021
Former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu alias Baba Yao addresses supporters during a past event. Photo/PD/FILE
In summary

Former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu alias Baba Yao three weeks ago refused to bail out his son who was charged with drunk driving.

Waititu’s son Brian Ndung’u spent two days in police custody until his friends contributed the fine of Sh30,000 to secure his release.

Brian was arrested in the early morning hours driving around the Central District Business while intoxicated.

Unexpectedly, Waititu ignored his son’s distress calls. Brian’s friend Clinton Githinji came to his rescue, paid the fine and saved him from a three-month sentence.

Speaking exclusively on the PD Online, Waititu now reveals that he refused to pick his son’s over 30 phone calls. He also instructed his family against bailing out their ‘defiant’ boy.

“My boy Brian called me over 30 times and, I refused to pick his calls. I have always warned him and all my family members against drunk driving,” said Ferdinand Waititu in an interview.

Asked why he refused to help his distressed son, Waititu says he hates drunk driving. He wanted his son to go to jail just for that.

“I hate drunk driving because I have seen very promising people lose their lives to carnage because of careless drivers. I could not take it that my son who I discipline is asking for Sh30,000 to pay a fine for drunk driving. He ought to suffer for that. I can never do that,” said Waititu.

Attempts by Brian to reach his extended family for help were repulsed the same way. His father instructed the larger family not to send their boy any money.

“I had instructed everyone at home not to pick Brian’s calls, we knew he was in trouble for drunk driving but bailing him out was in a way supporting drunk driving. We could not do that,” said the former Kiambu governor.

Brian also attempted to reach his father’s network of wealthy friends but, none of them came to his rescue.

“He tried to call my friends but, I had told them not to pick his calls,” he said.