NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 16 – The Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee has recommended a lifestyle audit be conducted on former Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru and that Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen be charged over National Youth Service fraud.
In a report formally tabled in the National Assembly, the watchdog committee recommended that Waiguru be investigated further with a view to being prosecuted over her role in the loss of billions of shillings set aside to empower the youth.
The House team also recommended that Waiguru be barred from holding office if found guilty after due process because of her overall failures at the ministry.
The theft initially involved Sh791 million, but a special audit report by the Auditor General, on whose basis the panel launched a probe, put the figure at more than Sh1.8 billion.
Murkomen is to be charged along with partners at his law firm for declining to submit bank statements and other documents necessary to aid investigations.
The Committee also wants two other law firms prosecuted for aiding and abetting money laundering.
Banks are said to be deeply involved in the scheme over the Sh1.6 billion scandal that has proved to be a nightmare for Jubilee.
Deputy President William Ruto’s aide Farouk Kibet and a law firm linked to his ally, Murkomen, are among those that were dragged into the saga.
The former Devolution Cabinet Secretary was forced to resign in 2015 following sustained pressure on the evolving scandal.
Investigations by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission have also led to multiple court cases over abuse of office and dubious tenders.
Senator Murkomen last year petitioned the Speaker accusing some members of PAC of receiving Sh40 million from a bank adversely implicated in the scandal to shield it from investigations.