, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 24 – The National Assembly has approved the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Special Audit report which recommends former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru and that Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen be investigated and charged for loss public funds at the National Youth Service (NYS).
The House team also recommended that Waiguru be barred from holding public office if found guilty “after due process, in light of her overall leadership 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.
“The former CS should be further investigated and charged for supervising looting of public funds,” the report adds.
The former Devolution Cabinet Secretary, who is now the Jubilee Party’s nominee for the Kirinyaga gubernatorial seat, was forced to resign in 2015 following sustained pressure on the evolving scandal.
The report indicts Waiguru, for running a parallel system in the ministry with the help of single-sourced hurriedly registered companies owned by proxies and faceless individuals, who acted as conduits in the intricate corruption web.
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.
Also facing the same harsh sanction is former Devolution CS Peter Mangiti, who the committee concluded was part of the elaborate scheme to defraud the taxpayers.
Former National Youth Service Director General Nelson Githinji, former NYS Deputy Director General Aden Harakhe and former Devolution ministry tendering committee chairman Hassan Noor have also been indicted by the committee.
Waiguru was in February last year cleared of Sh791 million fraud by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, but the anti-graft agency made a hasty retreat after an explosive affidavit by businesswoman Josephine Kabura on tenders scam.
Kabura, who was initially identified as Waiguru’s hairdresser, but whom the committee found was a qualified IT expert, was the chief conduit of the heist. She had told the committee that Waiguru helped her registered 20 companies in a record three days and gave her contracts at NYS and at the ministry.
However, Waiguru denied knowing her, telling PAC that Kabura was “a puppet working for puppeteers’, in an attempt to link her to influential figures around the Presidency.