Former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu’s son Brian Ndung’u, was on Monday March 15, sentenced to serve 3 months in jail, or pay a fine of Ksh30,000 after he was found guilty of driving under the influence.
The court heard that Ndung’u was arrested in the wee hours of Monday morning on Nairobi’s Muindi Mbingu street by police officers on patrol. Police said that Ndung’u was evidently drunk.
Appearing before Nairobi Senior Principal Magistrate Esther Kimilu, Ndung’u pleaded guilty to the charges and asked for forgiveness – and promised never to repeat the offence.
Judge Kimilu ordered the 25-year-old to pay Ksh30,000 fine, or face three months in jail.
Ndung’u, a law student at the Strathmore University, told K24 that he won’t be seeking his parent’s assistance in paying the fine.
He claimed to have raised only Ksh10,000 from his savings.
The former Kiambu governor has managed to keep his family away from the limelight despite being a common fixture in the Kenyan political scene.
This, however, changed when he was put on the spot in July 2019 after the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Noordin Haji ordered for his arrest on corruption charge.
His wife Susan Wangari and firstborn daughter Monica Njeri were also asked to present themselves for questioning over the loss of some Ksh588 million in shoddy deals.
According to the statement released by Haji, there were some fraudulent dealings in the awarding of tenders for the upgrading of roads in Thika, Limuru, Gatundu North, Juja and Ruiru sub-counties.
Waititu’s family was also under siege in August 2019 after the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) accused them of allegedly enriching themselves through various county projects.
Among the projects stated included the Kaa Sober Initiative which was launched in 2018 during Waititu’s reign as Kiambu Governor. Some members of the Kiambu County Assembly claimed that the project was never approved, hence was an avenue for theft.
Initial reports stated that Ksh2 million went into the project on a daily basis, raising eyebrows. The project was terminated a year later.