Free me of Waititu graft case, pleads chief officer
A senior Kiambu County officer accused together with former Governor Ferdinand Waititu of Sh588 million graft charges now wants the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji to drop the charges against him.
Luka Mwangi Wahinya, the chief officer for roads, transport, public works and utilities, has written to the DPP requesting him to drop the graft charges.
In the letter drafted by his lawyer, Jeremy Njenga, which the DPP’s office received on Tuesday, Wahinya said that as the chief officer, he followed the law and he should be freed from the case. The court has already dropped charges against his five co-accused.
Njenga’s letter says that if the recent judgment is anything to go by, it is unfair and unconstitutional for his client (Wahinya) to be charged for making an informed decision. “We reiterate that the tender opening and evaluation process was done in accordance with the law, the professional opinion duly considered,” said the lawyer in the letter.
He said that his client was facing charges of abuse of office.
In the case of the five, who were employees of the Kiambu County Government, they were charged with willful failure to comply with procurement procedures.
The five discharged are Zacharia Mbugua, Joyce Musyoka, Simon Kangethe, Anselm Gachukia and Samuel Mugo in the Sh588 million graft case facing the former Kiambu Governor.
Through their lawyer Isaac Owuor the five had moved to court earlier in the year seeking to have their charges dropped.