Waititu in court to bar EACC from investigating him further


Waititu in court to bar EACC from investigating him further
Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu during a past court appearance. PHOTO | FILE | CITIZEN DIGITAL

In Summary

  • The governor says that the search warrants given to the EACC to search his homes are illegal.
  • He says that on June 23 this year, EACC raided his home at Thome Estate and Runda and carried out extensive search in the homestead, where it seized several documents.
  • He claims that on the same day the officer’s raised his house and took away his official motor vehicle for purposes of investigations.

Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu wants the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) stopped from investigating him pending hearing and determination of a case he has filed.

“That the court be pleased to grant an order prohibiting future searches and seizures by the 1st respondents –EACC without orders granted by the court and without hearing the applicants,” reads documents presented in a Nairobi court on Thursday.

Waititu also wants the court to order EACC to return all documents including cheque books, log books, title documents and other items including materials, equipment and various articles seized.

He claims that unless the court intervenes, he is apprehensive that the said orders are susceptible to further abuse by EACC to his harm.

The governor says that the search warrants given to the EACC to search his homes are illegal adding that the offences and crimes were not particularized in the warrants.

“The search warrant was formulated and crafted in a manner that it was designed to be a catch fall trap and instrument that allowed the EACC to turn upside down and ransack my houses and belongings,” says Waititu in an affidavit.

He says that on June 23 this year, EACC raided his home at Thome Estate and Runda and carried out extensive search in the homestead, where it seized several documents.

He claims that on the same day the officer’s raised his house and took away his official motor vehicle for purposes of investigations.

He says that the search conducted by the officers was conducted beyond what was authorized by the court and therefore was illegal and unjustified.

“EACC was on a fishing expedition in which it carried an intrusive and invasive exploratory rummaging of my personal belongings,” swears Waititu.

In May this year, EACC detectives raided the Kiambu boss’ homes over what the commission termed as investigations touching on various issues related to corruption in the county.

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