Ex-Kiambu Governor, Ferdinard Waititu Declares Interest In Nairobi Gubernatorial Seat
Former Kiambu Governor, Ferdinand Waititu has joined the growing list of aspirants seeking to replace impeached Nairobi county Governor, Mike Sonko. Waititu who was also impeached as governor of Kiambu county in January said he was the best candidate to replace Sonko having previously served as a councillor and MP for the larger Embakasi constituency. In an interview with the Nairobian, the former county chief said he was seriously considering to contest and had started making plans to kick start campaigns. According to him, “I will replace Sonko in Nairobi because I have all it takes, I was only removed as Kiambu governor because of bad politics,” he said. Waititu who was ousted over allegations of corruption, abuse of office and gross misconduct insisted there was no evidence linking him to the said charges. He argued there was nothing that was going to stop him from contesting for the city seat apart from himself choosing not to.
Recall that the former governor still has an active case in court where he is accused of fleecing Kiambu county government more than KSh 500 million using bank accounts of his immediate family member and close political allies. He denied all the charges and was released on bail after spending three nights in custody alongside his wife who was booked at a city women’s prison. With the active charges related to corruption and a tainted past image including being impeached as a governor, it is very unlikely that he will pass the integrity test and be cleared by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to vie. It is worth noting that Waititu vied for Nairobi gubernatorial seat in 2013 on a TNA ticket but was floored by Evans Kidero who contested on an ODM ticket. In 2015, he contested and won the Kabete parliamentary seat during a by-election that was orchestrated by the death of then MP George Muchai. Muchai was shot dead by unknown people on February 7 in Nairobi’s Central Business District. In 2017 he trounced incumbent governor William Kabogo to win the Kiambu gubernatorial seat. If cleared, Waititu can easily pull through the murky waters and floor his opponents considering he has spent the better part of his political life in Nairobi county. The electoral commission has set Monday, December 28, as the day of submitting nominations papers for purposes of verification. The by-election will take place on Thursday, February 18.
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