, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 1 – Former powerful Cabinet Secretary for Devolution Anne Waiguru appears not yet off the hook as anti corruption investigators raided her home at dawn on Tuesday over the ongoing National Youth Service probe.
The Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) officers, armed with a court order authorizing them to search Waiguru’s home, carted away personal documents that included her previous employer documents, bank statements among others.
The simultaneous court-sanctioned searches were also conducted at the homes of former Planning Principal Secretary Peter Mangiti, former NYS Director General Nelson Githinji among others.
According to her lawyer, Ahmednasir Abdullahi, the three anti-graft detectives who raided Waiguru’s home, “went through everything, her personal things, and her kids rooms… all kinds of documents.”
They also took some court papers, which made the lawyer wonder, “what they will do with them.”
Among the documents they took date back to 2006 when Waiguru was not a Cabinet Secretary.
“We gave them free access. They had a free hand,” Abdullahi said.
During the six-hour raid, the embattled former Cabinet Secretary was not in her house.
Sources told journalists that Waiguru had only recently moved into the house in Kihingo estate, Kitisuru.
Abdullahi expressed displeasure that the media had been tipped off about the raid, saying it proved that the exercise was a public relations gimmick.
“We have no complaint with them (EACC). They did everything they wanted but the only problem we have is that they did not have to call the press,” he stated.
“The first call I got this morning was from my friends in the press that they are coming here. It is good to fight corruption but not as a PR exercise. And that is why we are here this morning because they want to make news. It is not because Anne is accused of anything.”
He challenge the EACC: “if you are serious, charge people…prosecute them if you have a serious case.”
On Waiguru’s innocence, the lawyer said “Absolutely…a hundred percent.”
He said there is ‘zero chance’ that Waiguru will be taken to court.
EACC officials who spoke to Capital FM News on Tuesday said the officers were looking for vital documents to aid the NYS probe in which hundreds of millions was lost through corruption.
More than twenty officials from the Ministry have been charged with corruption and abuse of office, including Mangiti and Githinji while Waiguru was listed as a witness.
According to reports, Waiguru was the one who blew the whistle on suspicious transactions at the NYS that led to the irregular payment of the monies between December 2014 and April 1, 2015.
Investigations by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations showed that the money was fraudulently paid to three companies.