NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 24 – The main suspect in the Sh791 million National Youth Service scandal Josephine Kabura was on Tuesday grilled for eight hours by the Ethics and Anti- Corruption Commission (EACC).
Kabura arrived at Integrity Centre while trying to hide her face from reporters at about 11am accompanied by her lawyer Dennis Mosota before the questioning began a few minutes later.
During the session, she handed over a 112-point affidavit she had sworn earlier and emphasised that she would stand by it with the investigators seeking clarification on every point.
Detectives from the Banking Fraud Investigations Department later arrived at the office with files on the cases they have been handling before leaving hours later.
Kabura who is facing charges of theft of the Sh791 million had sworn under oath that former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru – contrary to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission’s assertions – was not blameless in the whole affair but was in fact the architect behind the scheme.
She says her companies – Form Home Builders, Roof and All Trading and Reinforced Concrete Technologies – received the Sh791 million as payment for the supply of road construction material for the Kibera and Mukuru slums, indicates that Waiguru engaged her and even oversaw the registration of her companies.
She claims to have met Waiguru when she worked at the Ministry of Finance, specifically in the IFMIS directorate.
It was then, she says, that she started carrying out “small jobs” for Waiguru which eventually culminated in her appointment as the “sole merchant assigned to deliver all (NYS) road materials.”
It was in this role that Kabura claims to have met Adan Harakhe whom she says expedited payments to her companies in his role as (Authority to Incur Expenditure) AIE holder.
Waiguru on the other hand denied allegations that she hatched a plot to siphon money from the National Youth Service (NYS) using the phony companies.
She has made damning allegations against Deputy President William Ruto’s allies, linking them to the multi-million National Youth Service scandal.
Waiguru accused Ruto’s Personal Assistant Farouk Kibet, Elgeyo-Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and Leader of the Majority in the National Assembly Aden Duale of attempting to cover up fraud at the National Youth Service.