NAIROBI, Kenya Nov 15 – The Public Accounts Committee of the National Assembly has written to Deputy Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen and Deputy President William Ruto’s aide Farouk Kibet asking them to make submissions after they were named by former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru.
The House watchdog committee led by Rarieda MP Nicholas Gumbo told a news conference a decision whether the two will appear before the team will be made after they scrutinise their memoranda.
“Senator Murkomen called me and said that his firm undertook legal services, we wrote to them and they are giving us explanation on what they did and why they are earning the money that they did and their bank details and we will scrutinize them. And there is absolutely nowhere that this committee has said we are not calling them. Whether or not we will call them depends on the submissions we will receive from them,” he said.
“We have decided that, that these companies are so many that not all of them can appear; let them give us written submissions; we have done that even with some banks which showed that what they did was ethical business and we have no problem with that.”
Former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Waiguru named the two when she appeared before the committee two weeks ago.
Waiguru said the Elgeyo Marakwet Senator visited her office and former Principal Secretary Peter Mangiti to lobby for the release of money held in the frozen accounts of his clients doing business with the NYS.
Kibet is alleged to have spoken on telephone to Ben Gethi, a key suspect in the fraud, at a time the siphoning of funds at the NYS was happening and he later received Sh1 million from him, supposedly as a contribution for a harambee.