NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 19 – Senate Deputy Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen has termed attempts by former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru to link him to the NYS saga as a sideshow, saying Waiguru must stand trial for the loss of taxpayers’ money.
In a statement on Facebook, Murkomen distanced himself from the scam that led to the loss of over Sh791 million saying payments of legal fees by Ben Gethi and Josephine Kabura cannot in any way be used to suggest that he had a hand in the looting of public funds at the National Youth Service (NYS).
“Anne Waiguru, she who has access to mobile phone triangulations of all Kenyans is dropping my name on payments of legal fees by Gethi & Kabura, without producing an iota of evidence,” he said in a statement on Saturday morning. “I don’t know if she is guilty or not but from the overwhelming piece of evidence in the public domain Anne Waiguru must stand trial or we can as well legalise corruption.”
According to Murkomen, Ben Gethi was yet to pay legal fees to a law firm which he co-owns.
Murkomen, who alongside Deputy President’s aide Farouk Kibet are expected to make formal submissions to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the National Assembly headed by Rarieda MP Nicholas Gumbo, said he was more than prepared to respond to queries by PAC or any other institution looking for the truth on the matter.
“And for avoidance of doubt I recorded a statement long time ago with EACC in response to Waiguru’s preposterous allegations,” he said adding: “I am authoritatively and with certainty waiting for the opportunity to respond to PAC.”
Murkomen who says he has no apologies to make on behalf of SMS Advocates for representing any client, however observed that it was not within the mandate of the law firm to interrogate the source of funds for their clients just like it would not fall within the mandate of any other organization, business or otherwise charging or collecting money from the public.
“A supermarket teller does not ask you to first account for your shopping money; neither does a matatu tout ask where passengers get their transport fees nor does your pastor ask where you got the sadaka (offering) before you offer. We are advocates and ‘lawyering’ is our business,” part of the statement read.
The Senator called on Kenyans to focus on unravelling the circumstances under which money was lost at the NYS instead of legal representation which he says will yield no outcomes in the fight against graft.
During a session with PAC, Waiguru adversely mentioned the Nandi senator and Farouk Kibet as having had a hand in the NYS scandal through payments legal fees made to Murkomen from firms linked to Ben Gethi.