Waig­uru links DP Ruto’s of­fice to NYS scan­dal

For­mer CS says car­tels spent Sh200 mil­lion to fight her. Names DP’s aide Farouk Ki­bet, Se­na­tor Murkomen as key play­ers in the scheme

The Star (Kenya) - - Front Page - JAMES MBAKA @onchir­im­baka

For­mer pow­er­ful De­vo­lu­tion CS Anne Waig­uru yes­ter­day took the NYS scan­dal to the doorstep of Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto.

Ap­pear­ing be­fore MPs, she named Ruto’s aide Farouk Ki­bet as a key figure in the NYS heist and said he had 150 calls with sus­pect Ben Gethi at the time of the scan­dal.

She also named key Ruto ally El­geyo Marak­wet Se­na­tor Kipchumba Murkomen as an­other im­por­tant figure with many con­tacts with busi­ness­man Gethi.

She put up a spir­ited de­fence of her own role, say­ing she was a blame­less whis­tle-blower.

The seven-and-a-half hour ses­sion was con­tentious in the morn­ing and Waig­uru asked for as­sur­ance she was not the tar­get of a witch-hunt.

MPs are prob­ing theft of an ini­tial Sh791 mil­lion; that figure was raised to at least Sh1.67 bil­lion by the Audi- tor Gen­eral.

Waig­uru sen­sa­tion­ally claimed the “car­tel linked to Gethi” had spent Sh200 mil­lion to de­stroy her rep­u­ta­tion.

“We have al­ready es­tab­lished some Sh200 mil­lion was used to en­sure I am kicked out of gov­ern­ment and spent in the me­dia and so­cial me­dia, and it is still be­ing used to­day,” Waig­uru told the House Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee in a seven-and-half hour ses­sion.

She added a Twit­ter trend, #HangWaig­uru, had been paid for on Wed­nes­day night and was be­ing pushed by univer­sity stu­dents.

The claim of spend­ing money to get Waig­uru out of of­fice is not new. It was one rea­son Ruto Chief of Staff Mar­i­anne Kait­tany lost her job.

Kait­tany was ac­cused of di­vert­ing Sh200 mil­lion and was ques­tioned by the EACC for al­legedly di­vert­ing Sh100 mil­lion for the im­peach­ment of Waig­uru.

The EACC re­port tabled by Pres­i­dent Uhuru Kenyatta in Par­lia­ment al­leged Kait­tany “di­verted Sh100 mil­lion from the Leg­isla­tive and In­ter-Gov­ern­men­tal Re­la­tions Of­fice to mo­bilise MPs in the abortive cam­paign in July 2014 to im­peach pow­er­ful Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary Anne Waig­uru”.

The im­peach­ment mo­tion was spon­sored by Igembe South MP Mithika Lin­turi but he with­drew it af­ter State House al­legedly in­ter­vened.

Waig­uru re­signed in Novem­ber 2015 at the height of the scan­dal, claim­ing ill health.She is run­ning for gover­nor of Nyan­darua.

Be­fore the PAC, she re­peated that she was the whis­tle-blower on the Sh791 mil­lion.

Waig­uru blamed the NYS scan­dal on an in­tri­cate net­work in­volv­ing in­flu­en­tial politi­cians.

She said ju­nior staff were in­structed by NYS man­age­ment to ex­ag­ger­ate and in­flate costs in the In­te­grated Fi­nan­cial Man­age­ment Sys­tem (Ifmis), lead­ing to theft of Sh791 mil­lion.

In a scathing at­tack on for­mer NYS Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Nel­son Githinji, Waig­uru said staff col­luded and ma­nip­u­lated Ifmis en­tries, re­sult­ing in ir­reg­u­lar pay­ments to com­pa­nies owned by Josephine Kabura.

“I have never met one Josephine Kabura,” said a com­bat­ive Waigu- ru. Clearly Kabura is a pup­pet. Who is her pup­peteer? Ev­ery­thing she is asked, she says Anne Waig­uru.”

She said she had no con­tact with her as a con­trac­tor or on a per­sonal level.

Kabura is al­leged to be the chief con­duit in the theft. She faces money laun­der­ing and fraud charges.

The Sh1.67 bil­lion al­legedly was paid to 20 com­pa­nies owned by Kabura from NYS, the Depart­ment of Plan­ning and the Min­istry of Hous­ing.

Waig­uru tabled CID doc­u­ments sug­gest­ing Gethi, Githinji, Murkomen, Kabura, sacked Plan­ning PS Peter Man­giti and Farouk Ki­bet — the DP’s aide — were in con­stant com­mu­ni­ca­tion dur­ing the fraud.

xxCom­mit­tee chair­man Ni­cholas Gumbo asked how she ac­cessed the priv­i­leged doc­u­ments, po­lice prop­erty. “I got them through a friend,” Waig­uru said. “The doc­u­ments were cir­cu­lat­ing even in the in­ter­net. If you want them you can get them,” Waig­uru said.

Waig­uru cited an in­stance in which Kabura’s Form Home Builders on De­cem­ber 22, 2014, was paid Sh15.5

PHOTO / JACK OWUOR

OWUOR /JACK

For­mer De­vo­lu­tion Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary Anne Waig­uru walks past MP Stephen Kariuki when she tes­ti­fies be­fore the Par­lia­men­tary Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee on the Sh1.6 bil­lion NYS scan­dal yes­ter­day.

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