Waititu phone call pleading with Sonko for wife’s release leaks


Waititu phone call pleading with Sonko for wife's release leaks
Waititu and wife. Photo/Courtesy

In Summary

  • Susan Wangare was arrested together with 15 other people who included her site workers as they worked on an 8-story building in Nairobi's CBD.
  • According to a leaked video released on YouTube, Waititu can be heard asking Sonko to release the wife and her constructors but Sonko only agreed to release Wangare asking the Kiambu boss to contact State House.
  • Sonko then orders an Ochanda on phone to release the First Lady but orders that she gets an approval before she can continue.

A recording alleged to be that of Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu calling Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko over the arrest of his wife has surfaced.

Waititu’s wife, Susan Wangare, was arrested on Wednesday by Nairobi County officials for constructing without relevant approvals.

Wangare was arrested together with 15 other people who included her site workers as they worked on an 8-storey building in Nairobi’s CBD.

Susan Wangare, wife to Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu, in court on August 15, 2018.
Susan Wangare, wife to Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu, in court on August 15, 2018.

 

In the recording, Waititu can be heard telling Sonko to release the wife and her constructors but Sonko only agreed to release Wangare asking the Kiambu boss to contact State House for the rest.

Sonko then orders a Mr. Ochanda on phone to release the First Lady on a Ksh.10,000 bond but directs that she gets an approval before she can continue with the construction.

Here is part of the conversation.

Sonko: “Your excellency, nimeachilia mama, atawachiliwa. (Your wife will be released)”

Waititu: Niwachilie watu wote Sonko bana, wewe unakumbuka vile tumesumbuka Nairobi na wewe na bado tunaenda mbali… (Just release everyone, we have suffered together in Nairobi and we are going far.)

Sonko, however refused to release the others as Waititu had asked claiming “powers from above” which in the course of the conversation meant President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Sonko: Hao wengine pigia mdosi mimi wacha niwachilie mama. (For the others, call the boss, let me release the wife)

Waititu: Waachilia watu wote (Release everyone)

Sonko: Hiyo ni order from above, mimi nawachilia mama amevunja sheria, hiyo order haitoki kwangu, inatoka kwa mdosi huko juu, pigia mdosi.

Waititu: Ateee? Nimpigie mdosi wa nini na wewe ndio governor… (Why should I call him and you’re the governor?)

The Nairobi boss also advised his Kiambu counterpart to stop blithering and differing with the President.

Sonko: Wewe pia usiropokwe ropokwe, unaona boss anapigana na corruption na wewe unasema ati wacheni pererere corrpution unajua hiyo itakupiga.

Mimi navunja sheria naachilia mama juu wewe ni colleague niwangu na yeye ni first lady kama bibi yangu. Mama namwachilia saa hii but hao wengine wewe pigia mdosi. (That is an order from above, I am breaking the law by releasing the wife but that is not my order, just call the boss)

Waititu: Hapana, Hapana, mimi na deal na wewe tu… (I just want to deal with you)

Sonko: Pigia basi Waita, Nairobi nimekaliwa, order imetoka juu. (Call (Nzioka) Waita, I have no powers in Nairobi, the order came from above)

Waititu: Wachana na mdosi, wewe ndio unanisaidia sio hawa… Sisi hawezi sumbuana na wewe.

 

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