, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 23 –Former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru was Monday grilled by Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) for close to 10 hours over fresh allegations in the Sh791 million National Youth Service (NYS) scandal.
Waiguru arrived at Integrity Centre at about 11am accompanied by supporters who chanted slogans in her praise. The session with the EACC investigators ended at about 8.30 pm.
She was grilled by four investigating officers who sought to find answers to claims made by Josephine Kabura, one of the suspects charged over the payments.
This was the second time she was appearing before the Commission since November last year where she maintained that she had nothing to do with the scam.
During the session, detectives from the Banking Fraud Investigations Department also arrived at Integrity Centre but left after a few hours.
The NYS file had initially been closed and Waiguru cleared of any wrong doing in the multi-million-shilling scandal, but has been re-opened again following allegations by Kabura in a sworn affidavit in which she linked Waiguru to the scandal.
Kabura is scheduled to face the EACC detectives Tuesday morning to explain more about her affidavit which implicated many other people in the scandal, including two newspaper journalists.
She says that 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, and 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.”