NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 22 – Former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru was on Monday expected at the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission headquarters for questioning over her alleged involvement in the theft of Sh791 million from the National Youth Service through fraudulent IFMIS transactions.
Waiguru, who was first questioned by EACC detectives as a “witness” to the theft in November last year, will once again be questioned over the affair following re-opening of investigations.
Last week, EACC Head of Communications Karichi Marimba said Waiguru’s role in the affair was being re-examined after an affidavit sworn by one Josephine Kabura, a suspect charged with the theft, cast her in a starring role.
Kabura alleges Waiguru was the brains behind the fraudulent IFMIS transactions and not an innocent bystander or whistleblower as she’s claimed to be.
“The EACC has taken note of the affidavit sworn by Kabura regarding the NYS financial scam already in court and extensively covered by the media today. We will be summoning Kabura and other persons of interest mentioned in her affidavit to assist in this fresh enquiry,” Marimba stated on February 16.
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Kabura was expected to present herself for questioning by the EACC detectives on Friday but pleaded out on account of ill-health. She is now expected to make herself available for questioning at the EACC Integrity Centre headquarters on Tuesday.
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Others to be questioned are Political Scientist Mutahi Ngunyi, NYS AIE (Authority to Incur Expenditure) holder Adan Harakhe, two journalists and two banking fraud officers who Kabura alleges conspired to cover up the Sh791 theft of NYS funds and the attempted theft of a further Sh695 million.
The accused parties, Waiguru included, have all denied any part in the scam.
EACC Chairman Philip Kinisu on Friday said the letter written to State House Chief of Staff Joseph Kinyua on February 4 clearing Waiguru of any “wrongdoing” was in reference to four areas of inquiry separate from the Sh791 NYS scam.